April 2009


Well, the last ten days have been busy. We played pretty much every day in Arizona. Plus, there was lots of stuff to get sorted out as I was moving to Appleton. My first real home away from home.

I got here in Appleton yesterday. Nice place from what little I have seen so far. A good friend of mine, Phillippe Aumont with the Mariners, played here last year so I had lots of advance info. We played today in lots of wind and cold which the Midwest League is known for. I am Canadian, but west coast Canadian, so alot of wind and snow is somewhat new to me as well.

The one thing that appears so obvious is that the fans are really behind this team. This is not a line. That is the first thing I felt. Plus, we hear the home opener is already sold out. I am not sure, but I heard that this has not happened before. I cannot wait until Thursday, as we finally will be able to play as a true team in front of home fans.

Our spring training in Arizona is good and all, yet there is no substitute for playing real games on behalf of a town. So, I am very happy to be here in Wisconsin, and am looking to do some really good things at the plate, that is for sure.

I am moving in as I write this. Took a break. We have minimal stuff to put into our apartment, and I put most of my belonging in my car before I had it shipped to here this week. The complex reminds me of a university type dorm setting, where I would stay often while travelling with Team Canada. Three of us will share one unit. And I really like my roommates.

Not alot to say at this point. Am just getting my bearings down. I need games and have been waiting for a while to finally start my first pro season. Every guy on the team is very excited about our opener in two days, with such a big crowd. So I will report in after our first game or two.

Thanks for reading.