May 2008

On the road again

I’m not real big on talking about myself and what happens on
the field when I’m pitching, and it’s starting to get a little old talking
about what a surprise we’ve been as a team this year. I understand why people
ask about it, but we’ve always thought we were gonna be a pretty good team, and
it’s kinda funny that now we have to explain why everywhere we go.

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So I wanted to come up with something new, and this is the
first time I’ve done a blog from the road (unless you count the trip to Japan),
so I figured I’d start by sharing with y’all some of my favorite places in the
American League.

One of my favorite places to go has always been Seattle, and
there’s lots of reasons why. For one thing, I just like playing there. It’s a
great field to play at, and the clubhouse there is as good, if not better, than
any clubhouse in the league. Top-notch.

The city’s usually nice, too — we always seem to get good
weather when we go up there. And they have a lot of nice restaurants, and
there’s a really good sushi place there that a lot of our
guys go to.

I don’t know if I have a least-favorite place to go. They’re
all big league cities. Some of the clubhouse aren’t that great, like Boston,
which has the smallest and worst clubhouse in the league. But I love playing
there, just because of the atmosphere. You have the Green Monster and all that.

It’s just a great place to watch a baseball game or play in
a baseball game, and Boston’s a great city, too.

Bottom line, I know I’m pretty lucky to be doing this, so
I’m not going to complain about much.

Oh, and this is pretty random, but I wanted to add this,
too: Someone asked me yesterday who my favorite player would be if I was a
little kid and I was an A’s fan, and I have to say Frank Thomas. Big Frank was
my favorite player when I was a little kid, anyway, so why would it be any
different now?

Pretty cool that I get to play with him now, that’s for
sure.

Thanks for reading, everyone. Next time I do one of these,
I’m gonna answer some of the questions y’all been leaving for me.

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