The Storen Identity – 11/3

Drew Storen, 22, is now playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League and is writing for Notes for NatsTown. Be sure to follow the tenth overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft as he writes for Notes from NatsTown and gives you an inside, behind-the-scenes look at the AFL and his climb to the Major Leagues. Here is his post…


Hello returning readers, thanks for coming back. I just wanted to post here before I head to bed. I just got back from the gym where I did a one hour yoga session. I started doing yoga when I was at school, a few of my buddies on my Stanford team and Nationals prospect Jack McGeary also got me into it. Yoga is a good way to get good hip and core flexibility which is key for pitching. Flexibility is crucial for pitching and yoga definitely helps with that.


Our game went to extras today only to find us on the losing side. Hopefully we can rebound tomorrow with a win against one of the Peoria teams. I also wanted to express my excitement for being selected to play in the Rising Stars Game. It is Saturday in Surprise at 8 p.m. EST on the MLB Network. It is a great honor to be invited to play in this game and it will be a lot of fun to play with and against the top stars. Strasburg is starting the game for our side, so I like our chances with him on the hill. It will be funny to see him throw at Surprise Stadium again because they have a pitch speed display on the scoreboard. Only problem with their display is that there are only two slots for numbers, so when Stras threw there the other day, his first pitches read “00”, “01”,”93″ which was a change-up, and “00”. So it should be fun to see more zeros tossed on the board this Saturday.


Chuck Norris c.jpgOn a lighter note, I saw a great effort on Halloween night in the form of a group of guys dressed as the characters from the movie Major League. The Rick Vaughn had all the great touches–hair cut and a cut off sleeve jersey–but I did not check for a motorcycle out front. Also, there was a guy dressed up just like Charles Barkley, and we quickly figured out it was actually King Charles himself. So that was cool seeing him in person. I stuck with the Walker Texas Ranger get up, minus the beard of course. I feared no one would understand my Summer Catch reference so I decided to stay away from my Eric Van Leemer costume. Like they always say, there is always next year.


Eric Van Leemer, eh? Favorite character in that movie, or did you have a teammate at Cotuit that he reminded you of? WAIT! You WERE Eric Van Leemer!!1!1 ZOMG!!
I guess if I played in the Cape League I’d dress up as a character from a movie about that, too.
I didn’t, of course, so I dress up as a character from the only league I played in after High School – an 8 team 18+ league. Only problem? No one made a movie about our league, so I have to dress up as myself. I wanted to be John Summers, our slugger who played 4 years of Minor League ball. He left baseball after an injury in off season work took off one of his thumbs. Could still hit the spit outta the ball, though. I just didn’t have the intestinal fortitude to commit to eliminated a digit for a costume I’d only wear once, though.
Wow – will you look at that? I’m digressing here. Good luck Saturday, Drew. God speed and party on, sir.

Congrats! We’re looking forward to watching the Rising Stars Game this weekend.

That’s funny about the Major League costumes. Maybe next year somebody can do the Sandlot. Would have to figure out who would be the Beast, though.🙂 You can’t go wrong with Walker Texas Ranger.

Thanks for blogging. It helps us get through the dark months with no local games.

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