Thanks for coming back for the second blog. A lot has gone on since the last post. It has been a bit of a roller coaster ride, but we are grinding it out playing the game the right way. The big series win against the Phillies will be something we build off of for this 11-game West Coast road trip.
The Phillies are a good team. Even when you take an early lead, they never give in. They are really good at bearing down late in the game with good at-bats and they move runners real well. It was a total team win. Laynce Nix had a great game at the dish and in the outfield. He's been a big part of this team. John Lannan also threw real well, and my comrades in the bullpen came in and got the job done.
This past homestand, I had the opportunity along with a few other players to attend the groundbreaking of the new Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. The facility will have three fields, along with state-of-the-art classrooms for after-school activities. The plans are very impressive and I am excited to see how it turns out.
It will be a great asset for the 7th Ward in Southeast D.C. Kids will be able to have a positive after-school environment where they can get their homework done and learn the great game of baseball in a top-notch facility. I was very fortunate to have baseball be a part of my childhood and learned many valuable lessons from the game. I am excited to see how this academy can help kids' lives in the district.
We have our first game tonight against Arizona. They are a hot team now, but we have Jordan Zimmermann on the mound. He has incredible stuff and hasn't really caught many breaks this year. Hopefully, tonight we can start off this road trip on a good note.
We head to San Francisco after these four games. I always love going to that city since it is only about 45 minutes from Stanford. We used to visit the city a lot to see Giants games, so it is pretty special to be on the other side of things.
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