Spring Training has officially begun. Although we've been here since the beginning of February, pitchers and catchers official report date was February 18 and the entire team reported on Tuesday, February 23. Now begins the exciting but monotonous (can I use those two words in the same sentence?) days of practice for perfection. Matt usually gets up at about 7 a.m.- which I am loving by the way because I get up just a little before that and we get to spend a little time in the morning together- and gets to the field by 8 a.m.. From there it can range from team meetings, to light workouts, to throwing bullpens, to running poles.... etc., etc.. The boys get a really great breakfast and lunch prepared for them and have everything from coffee to protein drinks at their disposal. D-Ray and Matt are usually home between 1:30-3:30 p.m.- already showered and fed and ready to kick back and relax.
Matt is very excited for games to begin (opening day in spring training is March 5) and acclimating pretty well to the Arizona climate. It is much different than Florida with no humidity whatsoever- very arid and dry. Growing up in Ohio and not having spent much time in the West, its a pretty big adjustment to make. For pitchers, this means the ball won't move quite so much (breaking balls) as it would in the mid-West (i.e. Florida spring training).
Matt seems very content each day. The sun definitely wears him out but he says he likes the Arizona weather. The Reds spring training facility is brand new and state-of-the-art... Matt says it is very cool and loves the set-up. I'm happy he's happy. I am excited to get to a game and check out the complex- with no humidity, it will be a little easier to enjoy games comfortably without sweat dripping from every crevice of my body... We have lots of family and friends visiting in the next month to enjoy this sunshine and watch Mo do some work on the mound... let the games begin :)
Mo throwing during a Reds practice in spring training.