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The Storen Identity – 12/1

Drew Storen, 22, might be done playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League but he isn’t done 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 his climb to the Major Leagues. Here is his post…

 

Welcome back, it’s good to be back blogging again. I have a little more time now that I am home celebrating the holidays, an undefeated Colts team and the return of Stanford football back in my hometown of Brownsburg, Indiana. It is great to be home and nice to relax after the Arizona Fall League, although I am already excited for Spring Training and gearing up for that.

 

Now that I am a week out of the fall league, it is easy to look back and see what a great time I had playing down there. It’s tough to complain about playing in such a beautiful place against the top competition. I was a little sad we came up short in the last game, but that’s just how things go. It was an unforgettable experience and I am so thankful that I got the opportunity to go down there and compete. Wearing the Nationals uniform was pretty awesome, and it was also very cool seeing the Big League unis for every other team.

 


Storen060208_01KT.jpgAs for the offseason, I am concentrating on actively resting my body and getting ready to build it back up for Spring Training. I believe this blog will be ongoing throughout the offseason, so keep an eye out if you want to hear what I am up to! I will be heading down to Viera on Wednesday and then to Stanford next week to visit some old friends so it should be exciting! As usual, feel free to tweet at me or leave a comment on what you would like to hear about
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The Storen Identity – 11/13

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…

 

As I mentioned on my twitter, my mother informed me that I needed to blog. I guess I had been caught up in the AFL Rising Stars game and the regular games and haven’t gotten around to it. So here’s my little update on life down here in Phoenix:

 

Last weekend was the Rising Stars game. It was a great honor to play in it, and was a lot of fun to watch and play with such elite players. I did get the loss in it, giving up a two run home run. It is not something that haunts me or anything, I know it’s part of the gig. I am big on not getting too happy or too down depending on how my outings go. That is something I learned at Stanford, it’s a long season and if you ride on the emotional roller coaster of getting too up or down, you will implode. It wasn’t the first home run I have given up, and certainly won’t be the last.  It is key for me to learn from each outing, whether positive or not, and to make adjustments next time out.

 

We are moving into the last week of the season here in the AFL. It seems like we just got down here. We have a chance tomorrow to clinch a spot in the final game, to help keep the Phoenix Desert Dog championship streak alive. nascar c.jpgHopefully I can find my way in there and help us clinch it.

 

Sunday I am going to the NASCAR race down here in Phoenix. It is something I am excited about. Being from Indianapolis, I have seen my share of races at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I have seen IRL, F1, and NASCAR there, so it will be awesome to see racing at a different venue.

 

There’s my quick update, I will throw another one up later this week to update the D-Dogs quest and NASCAR experience.

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.

The Storen Identity – 10/30

Drew Storen might not be Jason Bourne but he is special. He can’t fend off 30 people at once, dodge bullets or drive a car like Jeff Gordon during a high speed chase while weaving in and out of oncoming traffic. Well, he might be able to do all that… he doesn’t know. He hasn’t tried. He won’t need to if he continues to sit batters down the same way Bourne puts bad guys on their back. They are one in the same, two people extremely good at what they do. Storen saves games and Bourne saves humanity. Here is his post from the AFL…

 
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In an attempt to make this a more frequent publication, I am throwing up a little post here to cap off a chilly week down here in Arizona. Keep in my mind, “chilly” is a relative term, the mornings here have been mid-40′s and highs in 60′s during the day. It is kind of a nice change from the extreme heat of the past few weeks, but I am ready for the infamous Arizona dry heat to return.

 We lost a close one today with Peoria, almost making a big comeback in late innings. Fellow National Chris Marrero hit a home run to dead center that stayed about 10 feet off the ground the entire time. It was like he was playing darts with the batters eye in center field.  I tossed the rock around a little in the bullpen in case we tied the game up, but I did not end up going in. Hopefully I can find my way to the bump tomorrow for some work. I have stayed in the closing role since I have been down here. I love the role and am glad things have worked out as they have where I can stay down there and come in during the pressure situations. It is also cool to be teammates with other closers/late inning relievers from other organizations. It is fun to watch them throw on days I have to rest. I also pick their brain about throwing at different levels and in different leagues.

 With Halloween tomorrow, I only find it appropriate to reveal some disguises from the past. Being from Indianapolis and having no real hometown MLB team to root for, I was a combination of a White Sox, Reds, and Mariners fan when I was little. Naturally, I rocked the Chris Sabo get-up for at least one Halloween. I believe I wore swimming goggles instead of the Rec Specs, so complete authenticity was not reached, but a good effort nonetheless.  Another year, I wore my dad’s high school football uniform and referred to myself as a “Dead/Ancient Football Player”. Looking back, that may have not made my dad feel too young.

 Thanks for stopping back, I’ll throw something else up early next week to update the baseball happenings around here, but also share some of the best costumes of the weekend.


 
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The Storen Identity – 10/27

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 third post… (Post ONE… Post TWO)

 


090909-161 drew storen c.JPGThanks for checking back in. Sorry I don’t post more; I am usually pretty exhausted once I get back from the field. Things are pretty much the same, our offense keeps going on a tear, and we keep trucking towards getting another ring for the Desert Dogs. Seems like every day we have someone else step up in a key spot and get a big hit for us.

 

Strasburg threw again today and was dominating again. Glad to see him bounce back and stay confident. He is obviously an extremely talented player, but also very cerebral and has the ability to step back and make the necessary adjustments to be successful.

 

In my free time this past week, I have been able to have a little bit of fun. I am a country music fan, so I got to go see Lady Antebellum here at the Phoenix State Fair. It was actually my first country concert and I went with a few guys on the team so it was very cool. I also had a chance to go eat at one of my favorite places this weekend, Fogo de Chao, and if you’ve been before, you know how great it is.

 

It’s crazy to think the end of next week is the halfway point of being down here, it seems like we haven’t been down here very long. I guess that is what happens with a 35 game schedule.

 

A lot of people ask what it is like to play with guys from other organizations. It is a lot of fun, the baseball world is very small and one way or another you have a connection with someone else just because of a common friend or teammate. Along the same lines, there is a chance you will play with or against them at another point so it’s cool to gain new friendships and meet new guys that you could be seeing down the road.

 


storen goatee.jpgSince the last entry, I had a defeat in my life. I lost in the goatee contest. Since I had been down here, I told Strasburg (Since all through college he had the Big League goatee) that I could grow a bigger and better one. After using my mirror and seeing that it was not a good look, and the inability to properly maintain it, I seceded from the challenge. Tough loss but I think I can bounce back.

 

Thanks for checking in, please shoot me questions via the comments section below or on my twitter, I am here to please the readers, so whatever you want to know… please ask!

 

 

The Storen Identity – 10/19

Drew Storen, 22, is now playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League and will be 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 second post…

 

Alright I am back again, thanks for all those who read and responded with your comments after the first entry! One comment alluded to intro/warm-up music. The warm-up/intro music is a new cultural aspect to professional baseball that is becoming more of a big deal each day. When I was at Stanford, I used “Rock You Like A Hurricane” for the first month or so of my freshman year, then changed to “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” shortly after and used that for the rest of my stay at school. I’ve only been able to pick my warm-up music for one of my stops in Pro Ball so far, in High-A Potomac. I used WWE’s Triple H’s intro music (Minus the water spray for those wrestling fans out there) for a game until I switched back to “Long Cool Woman.” I guess for now I will stick with that, but I am always open to suggestions. 

 

I just got back from our game in Peoria in time to see the Angels pull out a victory in extras. We continued our quest for another Desert Dog championship ring today by defeating the Saguaros of Peoria. In my one inning, I faced my former Stanford teammate Jason Castro. It was tough to throw to a guy who spent a whole season calling your outings; I almost changed my approach in an attempt to get him out. He prevailed by drawing a 3-2 walk. One thing I have learned about these day games is not to fall into the trap of snacking on the leftover chips and soda from the pregame meal. We wait to eat until we get back to our home clubhouse, but after the first road day game, I succumbed to my hunger and crushed some chips and soda left over from the pregame sandwiches and chips. At first it was replenishing, but quickly changed about 10 minutes following as my stomach felt Cheetos and Coke was not proper post-game fuel. Since baseball is a game of adjustments, I waited today until we got back and fortunately missed out on the stomachache.

 


strasburg afl 1.jpgI haven’t blogged since Strasburg threw Friday. The results are pretty self-explanatory… he was pretty filthy. It is almost unfair to watch someone throw 96 to 99 mph with control and movement. My left thumb is witness to the movement on his ball–it’s been a little tender as of late thanks to our pregame throwing. (Photo: Strasburg throws a pitch in his first AFL start.)

 

We had our first Sunday off day yesterday, and it was nice to get a little break. Having a weekly off day is a lot nicer than having the sporadic ones intertwined into the regular season. I went to Tucson to visit a good friend from high school and got a little taste of Arizona culture. My buddy and I went to Lil Abner’s outside of Tuscon where we got some awesome steak and ribs, with a little side of live Bluegrass music. If you are ever in that area, I definitely suggest checking that out.

 

I’m off to a night full of sleep and bottled water, we have another day game tomorrow at home. Thanks again for checking in!

 

The Storen Identity – 10/16

Drew Storen might not be Jason Bourne but he is special. He can’t fend off 30 people at once, dodge bullets or drive a car like Jeff Gordon during a high speed chase while weaving in and out of oncoming traffic. Well, he might be able to do all that… he doesn’t know. He hasn’t tried. He won’t need to if he continues to sit batters down the same way Bourne puts bad guys on their back. They are one in the same, two people extremely good at what they do. Storen saves games and Bourne saves humanity.

 

The 22 year-old is now playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League and will be 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 first post…

 

Friday, October 16th

First off, thanks for stopping by and checking out the blog, hopefully you can get a good idea on what is going on down here in the Arizona Fall League and my experiences in it.  If you would like to know anything specific or have any suggestions for the blog please feel free to post a comment in the comment section or “tweet” me. My twitter is at twitter.com/drewstoren.

 


061009-236 drew storen.JPGJust a little background on me, I am down here playing for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, along with other members of the Nationals organization (Stephen Strasburg, Chris Marrero, Sean Rooney, Danny Espinosa, Jeff Mandel and Josh Wilkie). And in case you are wondering, since we do have “dogs” in our team name, they do feel obligated to play “Who Let the Dogs Out” before the first inning. I was hoping that song would be retired/banned by now, but clearly that is not the case. I spent the week and a half prior down in Viera, Fla. at the Nationals Spring Training complex for instructional league. It was a good prep for coming down here. The heat and humidity down in Florida makes the dry heat of Phoenix much more bearable. Nonetheless, the heat down here is still intense, therefore SmartWater has become a big investment for me in my short occupancy.

 

We have guys on our team from the Blue Jays, Orioles, Rays, A’s and two guys from Japanese professional baseball. I have learned a lot from the Japanese players already in the first week of being around them. The first thing is that the jerseys, gloves, cleats and even the belts they wear have a lot of flare and is definitely something I am a huge fan of. The gloves they have are not ones you can get in the US. The gloves are bright colors (which I am a huge fan of as well) and they have their own personal logo stitched on them (i.e. the “TW” logo for Tiger Woods).  They rock the patent leather belts and socks with individual toe slots (something I have on my list to go out and get).  It’s pretty cool to see how they go about their business and to learn new pitches from them, even if they are just ones you throw for fun when playing catch. 

 

So far we are 2-1 on the year, winning last night against the Scottsdale Scorpions.  We had a great offensive night in a stadium which the only way to hit it out to center field is with a 3 wood (430 feet with about a 30 foot batters eye). Tonight we play the Scorpions at home with Strasburg on the mound. It is going to be fun to see how many people come out to see him.  If you are in the area, you should definitely head out because it is a lot of fun to watch him throw.

 

Before I head out, I will run you through what a daily schedule is for us down here. On a day like today, we have a 6:35 p.m. contest so pitchers will be on the field around 3 p.m. or so to stretch and throw. We do that and then some running/abs and then shag BP. We get done with all of that at about 5 p.m. and go in to change and get some pregame spread.  After some pregame spread usually mixed with Cash Cab or any ESPN programming, we head out for the game.  

 

It’s time for me to run out to the ballpark, but I just wanted to kick start this blog. Like I said–feel free to give me feedback as to what you would like to hear about.  I will try to get something up pretty frequently. Thanks for reading!

 

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