Random Thoughts on a Great 2010 Season…

So I log on here and see that May 21st was my last entry? Wow. I had no idea it had been that long since I wrote something. Every time I write one of these I say to myself I’m going to write more.
I have been thinking about sharing some random thoughts all season long and now, I can’t remember half the random thoughts I was thinking about, but here are a few:

  • When I used to pay money to go to games I paid to watch the games. Since when did things change to the point that if you don’t receive an autograph, the “game” experience is bad?
  • Speaking of autographs, when Strasburg was here there was a lot of chatter about how many he didn’t sign. Okay folks, I’m guessing I was around him a lot more than any of you and I’m here to tell you he signed a lot. He signed every day without fail. He didn’t sign at the same time everyday, but he did sign.
  • Speaking of Strasburg, he started the season as a 21-year-old with a ton of expectations both on the field and off. Raise your hand if you were mature enough to handle everything he has had to handle at 21? It’s easy to knock a professional athlete because they make “millions” but what does the money have to do with anything? I saw a pretty good guy here for a month that was dealing with a ton.
  • Lastly on Strasburg… I expect him to come back better than ever. He is very competitive and is going to work very hard to come back to the Nats.
  • Randy Knorr and staff did a great job this year with the baseball team. They went through nearly two completely different teams, yet managed to keep them together and pointed towards the playoffs. And though winning/losing isn’t the ultimate goal of a minor league manager, he also had many players promoted. The Nationals are a much better organization with him around, that’s for sure.
  • Troy Gingrich really worked hard this year as the Sens hitting coach. They went from hitting about .235 as a team through most of the first half of the season to finishing at .251, that is quite an accomplishment.
  • Randy Tomlin did another solid job with the pitching staff. The Senators used 21 different pitchers to start a game this year. Twenty. One. That is a ton. Several different pitchers were used as closers but no matter what, the Sens kept pitching well. That is a testament to Randy. The Sens lead the league in ERA this year with a 3.51 ERA.
  • Atsushi Toriida and Tony Rogowski rounded out the terrific staff by keeping the players fit, healthy and ready to play. It wasn’t an easy year because of all the bumps and bruises

Off the field was amazing as well. The Sens staff led by Kevin Kulp and Randy Whitaker did a great job all season long keeping things together and going. Emily Winslow spearheaded a terrific 2010 Eastern League All-Star game. Aaron Margolis is the man behind the drape when it comes to our game entertainment and video production. I’m going to write more in few days about the rest of my co-workers and what a great season they had.

Now onto some interesting tidbits, or maybe not so interesting. People want to know what it’s like to be a ballplayer, how much time is spent doing things, at the park, etc. Well I took some time last week and came up with the following information. This information applies to me, but it also applies to them as well.

  • We spent approximately 185 HOURS this year on the bus. That is nearly 8 full days.
  • Approximately 1400 hours at various ballparks
  • Nearly 500 hours on the air between pre-game/post-game/game
  • There were 157 days from the start of the season to the last day (including playoffs) and there was a game on 146 of those days (147 including the All-Star Game)
  • Approximately 42% of our time was spent at the ballpark or on the bus during the season and that does not count the countless number of hours wasting time at the hotel on getaway day

And I wouldn’t trade any of that for another job 🙂 Something can be said for loving what you do and where you do it at. Coming to work at a ballpark sure beats just about anything else.

I would love to hear from you and my email is tbyrom@senatorsbaseball.com.  I’ll be writing my thoughts on the players in the next couple of days and more about the milestones achieved by the organization this season.

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