I know there has been a bit of time since my last post. However, I have been consumed with a lot of nothing. I have been in Cancun on a family vacation and have been doing many non-baseball related activities. Aside from a few workouts at the gym, I have used this time to become detached from baseball and clear my mind. This will enable me to begin the last two months before leave for spring training with an eager and fresh outlook for the 2009 season.
As brief aside to the non-baseball world, I will be taking two classes this spring as independent studies to finish my MBA degree. My Advanced Business Forecasting class is entirely self-paced, while my Database Design, Development, and Administration class will be taken regularly for the first six weeks, then I will finish it independently after my departure for spring training. Yes, I am sure those classes seem scintillating to most, but they satisfy the final two electives I need for my Management Information Systems concentration. I am looking forward to completing my MBA and will attempt to find a part-time job with a company in the financial services industry during next off-season. If anyone knows anyone who would want to hire an MBA part-time in the Tampa area, feel free to let me know. Most often, it comes down to whom you know and not necessarily what you know.
In addition, in response to a comment I received last week about my Offseason Training post, I felt that both pitchers were throwing very well. Joe Torres was looking very fluid and had good velocity and command before his departure for Puerto Rico. Joey Eischen was also throwing the ball with authority, and I am confident that one Major League team will give him an invite to spring training.
I want to wish everyone a very happy and successful New Year. I feel that 2008 will be remember mostly for is tumultuous times, particularly the devastating flooding and downtrodden economy. However, the bright spot about being at the bottom is that up is the only place to go from there. I am always confident at the start of a new year that the upcoming year will be better than its predecessor. Happy New Year.