First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who was able to make it to one of my games (at any level) or followed my outings or stats throughout the course of this season.  I cannot explain how beneficial the support of friends, family, and fans has been, especially down the stretch.  Secondly, I need to apologize for not posting anything since spring training.  The interviews with Bill are great because I really do not have to prepare; they are quick and painless.  I will try and be a little more diligent in the future and get my thoughts down with some regularity.

The 2009 season was like a roller coaster for me.  It seemed I was either licking my wounds or toasting a celebration.  There did not seem to be much middle ground.  It might seem that ending the season on the disabled list, especially while the Bats compete for an International League title, brings my season to a negative ending. Dr. Kremchek and I would have to politely disagree.  I had an MRI on my right shoulder this past Tuesday, which revealed no damage to my labrum or rotator cuff.  It kills me to be unable to take the ball against Durham, but I’m thrilled to be avoiding any kind of operation this off-season.

Speaking of the off-season, it is once again time for me to shamelessly solicit any employment opportunities there might be flying around the Cincinnati-area.  If you need a copy of my résumé, just e-mail your request to  I appreciate all interest and suggestions.