7/26/07 vs Toledo
I’ll give a game run down shortly but wanted to pass along this message from Kevin Despain, Pete’s dad, regarding Pete’s surgery on Monday. He’s incredibly appreciative of everyone’s emails and posts and I thank anyone that went there from here to do so.
“He is doing pretty good. He had a long day. His surgery lasted 14 and a half hours and he got into his room this morning around 1:30am. Petey is in a lot of pain in his arm and leg which was expected.The doctors feel everything went well. The first 48 hours will be key and we hope to find out by the weekend if he will have good use of his right arm. If the nerves and blood vessels hold up he should be in good shape. We hope to get the results by early next week on whether there were cancer cells in the bone.
Pete was one brave guy. We were proud of him.”
So thanks again and please keep the Despain family in your prayers.
So all in all the day I had was a win no matter what. Why are kids so much better at this life thing than we are?
The day went well. I felt ok warming up but certainly better than at any time early in the season. Didn’t have a curve ball in the pen but it showed up during the game as we started, I think, 10 hitters off with it of the 16 we faced.
Velocity wise things went well. George and I moved the ball around pretty good and the rhythm and tempo he set was a huge part in me feeling good about today.
Two things I took away, above all else, were the fact that I felt I threw my best fastballs in my last inning, and that my split, even the ones that got taken, was better than it’s been in years. The life and velocity, or lack of, on my fastball early in the year were key reasons why I think my split stopped splitting, and when it did split I got very few swings and misses.
I would venture to guess I got more combined swings and misses in the last two games than I did in a months worth of starts this year. I know it’s AAA but that doesn’t change some aspects of matchups and results when gauging stuff like this for me.
It seems they have me making one more rehab start which I am guessing will happen next Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio. I would hope the plan would be to move the pitch count to around 90 to be able to stretch it out and give them confidence in allowing me to throw when I come back with no restraints pitch count wise.
As for 38 Studios stuff. The group is in San Diego at Comicon this week but contrary to published reports we will NOT be revealing any information about our initial IP and product line. There will be a few snippets of art there but the leadership team is there for business meetings and to speak on a few panels being run during the convention.
Stop by and say hi to Brett, Todd, R.A. and the team if you are out there and get a chance.
I will grab some Q&A over the weekend here in Tampa Bay.