Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Hey guys, how are we? I haven't been able to get on here in a while and let everyone know how things were going because I've been doing a lot of driving lately. On Monday I had a rehab game in Lakeland, Florida, about two hours from our Spring Training complex in Viera, Florida. In the 5th inning I was told to change out of my uniform and jump on the van to head back to Viera because I was heading out to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Although I had traveled four hours that day, and had another sixteen plus ahead of me, it was very welcomed news. I got back to our home field at around 1:30 PM, packed up my stuff, and jumped in my car for the ride north.

I got on the road around 3:30 PM and drove until about midnight before I pulled over and found a hotel in South Carolina. I did manage to take an hour dinner break and watch the first half of the Celtics vs. Heat game. I guess I should have stayed for the second half and brought a little more luck to the C's, but I had a long way to go. I woke up early the next morning and left the hotel around 8:00 AM before arriving at our field in Harrisburg at about 5:30 PM that night. If you've never seen a game in Harrisburg before let me tell you, it is a beautiful stadium. It may be one of the nicest stadiums I've played in at any level of the minor leagues. I am really looking forward to spending more time in this area.

Today I made my debut for the Senators, starting at 2nd base and hitting second. As crazy as this sounds, it was my first Minor League game since the beginning of August, 2009. Even though that's almost two years ago, once the game started it didn't feel like I have been out of action that long. I guess I've played enough baseball in my life to remember what a real game feels like. As far as the game went, we ended up losing. Personally I felt pretty good and ended the game with two hits. I was just really happy that I ran the bases full speed a few times and had no problems with my leg. This is the first time in my life that when I get from one base to the next I give myself a high five and a congratulations for nothing bad happening to me during the 90 foot run. I guess it's tough getting old.

Tomorrow we are jumping on the bus early in the morning and heading down to Richmond, Virginia for a four game series with the San Francisco Giants affiliate. Hopefully we can get a few wins and I can stay out of the trainer's room. Talk to you guys later and enjoy the rest of the week!


  1. TonoxtonoMay 11, 2011 01:46 PM
    Glad to hear you're back in action and good luck to your C's, they'll need it
  2. mattantonelli9May 11, 2011 01:50 PM
    Hahaha thanks!
  3. annakippsMay 11, 2011 02:40 PM
    Aw.. I bet you'll drive right past my house on the way to Richmond. I'm glad you're back in action and I hope I'll get to see you play in a game somewhere nearby soon!
  4. mattantonelli9May 11, 2011 02:48 PM
    Hey thanks!
  5. Eddie DMay 11, 2011 03:22 PM
    If you end up playing near Nashville or Birmingham, let me know. Go Nats! Go Matts! weak, but I tried.
  6. mattantonelli9May 11, 2011 03:26 PM
    Haha thanks man
  7. nochanceinhellMay 11, 2011 04:11 PM
    Matt would have been nice if they sent you a day later you could have cut your trip from Florida by stopping in Virginia! Stay healthy I'm in PA so will see you at a game in H-Burg.
  8. mattantonelli9May 11, 2011 04:13 PM
    Very cool...and thanks!
  9. YocatMay 11, 2011 04:24 PM
    congrats on what is going on and glad U R playing.
  10. mattantonelli9May 11, 2011 04:27 PM
  11. MegMay 11, 2011 06:35 PM
    I can't even be sarcastic for once because this is just too exciting for you and such good news. I'm happy to hear you got back to playing and the game went well for you! Congrats! But damn...them Celtics...
  12. mattantonelli9May 11, 2011 06:40 PM
    Thank you...and yes, damn the celtics
  13. fromthefanseatMay 11, 2011 06:46 PM
    Oh Matt that is awesome! Two hits right off, what a great feeling. I am really happy for you.

    They took you out in the 5th? They really want you playing for them. "No time for love doctor Jones".
  14. st4ycl4ssyMay 12, 2011 10:44 AM
    Dude, that is awesome news! If I can quote from Jay-Z, "The ruler's back"! I gotta start checking the box scores for my new favorite team, the Senators
  15. mattantonelli9May 12, 2011 10:45 AM
    Hahaha thanks man
  16. Red OurshaqMay 13, 2011 03:26 PM
     I can't wait to see you play in Portland. Great job from one new englander to another. It's great to see all of the hard work that us blog fans have seen over the past year pay off. 
  17. mattantonelli9May 13, 2011 09:11 PM
    Thank you!