Something I won’t forget

The phrase "never let yourself get too high or too low" keeps running through my head.  It is a common baseball phrase explaining that when things are going good you shouldn’t pat yourself on the back too much and when things aren’t going your way you can’t get down on yourself for long.

I was given the opportunity to start a game on Monday. It was an experience that I will not forget for a few reasons. 

The first reason is the feeling I had leading the team onto the field to start the game.  I cannot wait to experience that again.  Another reason I won’t forget that start are the results of the game and what caused them.  It was a learning experience that I think will help me in the future.

Things are still exciting in camp.  We are pretty much set in our routines now that games have started but there are a few things that break any monotony. 

There are some very enticing bunting games that go on as well as a sometimes painful PFP (pitchers fielding practice) practice that help keep things loose.  The painful part comes into play when every so often instead of using regular baseballs we use softer balls and they are hit about as hard as Pitching Coach Rich Dubee possibly can at us.  He gets a kick out of that.  We, however, don’t enjoy it quite as much as he does but it can be very funny as long as it’s not my turn.



    Good Luck tomorrow JA. We’ll be listening. You’re living the dream of every 10 year old in America and handling yourself better than even your family could have imagined. We’re proud of you.

    The Zamins

    PS We have tickets for the Phil’s @ Wrigley in July- see you then.


    JA –

    Congratulations on your continued success! We enjoy keeping up on how you are doing. Hope spring training was fun and good luck in the season.

    Kristin Racine


    James Anthony-

    Congrats on everything buddy! I cannot even imagine what it is like to be you right now. Keep your head up and just keep taking it all in.

    Miss you buddy, Karisa



    Great job today against the Braves! Coach Bellino and I really enjoyed watching the 5 innings. Great change-up!! Keep up the hard work! We were really proud to see you out there. Good luck the rest of spring.

    Coach McGunnigal


    outstanding outting today!I didnt get a chance to watch “I” had to teach but word spread fast and the updates were close to real time. we are all excited and proud of the job you doing. heck even an english test was posponed to watch the game. keep up the hard work. good luck.


    Way to go, Jaime! You know you have made it when an article about you possibly using your Spanish in Puerto Rico appears in the Spanish III Scrapbooks.
    Felicidades! Sra. W


    Jay way to go!
    All of your friends here at school are very excited and happ..y for your achievements.

    Rich C. is in big trouble with Mrs. M for his comments about English tests, you know there is nothing more important than an English test.

    All the kids that hang out in my office this time of the year send you good wishes and positive thoughts. Bob Leclercq



    Good luck and keep up the good work. Have been enjoying your spring training progess.

    Ps.. have your mom and dad said how their dance lessons are going.



    Congrats on the impressive outings this spring. I used to live in the Illinois Valley, and had the pleasure of talking with you and Heather on Thanksgiving eve.

    I am now living in Indianapolis and plan on making it to the games while you guys are in town. Hopefully I’ll get to see you throw.

    Jim Balzarine


    I was looking forward to seeing you today in Rochester, but its too cold and the home opener was canceled.

    Hopefully it’ll warm up for Monday in Buffalo.

    I haven’t seen you pitch since you were in Batavia. But, I have followed your career with interest. I bought your “Stars and Strips” jersey from the Muckdog auction that year.

    Best of luck to you this year and in the future.


    Batavia, NY


    Jay-You have a lot of fans in the Illinois Valley wishing you good luck this year. Keep working hard and remember good things happen to good people. We’ll be watching and hoping to get to see you pitch first hand this year.
    Jack Arkins

    Peru, Illinois


    Hi J.A.

    The James family here (Kim H’s brother Aug). Congrats on the outing against the Cards! My son Tanner has been trying to keep up with your play. Another leftie pitcher with Illinois Valley connections in the works. Maybe we’ll see you at a game in Chicago some day. Remember, the harder you work, the luckier you get.

    Have a great summer.

    Auggie, Rhonda, Tanner and Kelsey James

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