Here in Taiwan!

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After spending one night in LA, I boarded the charter flight to Taiwan this morning.  Or was that yesterday?  Maybe  it was even two days ago considering how long it felt.  But regardless, after a 14.5 hour flight, we finally touched down in Taipei, Taiwan!  The plane we flew on was the largest plane I’ve ever seen.  It had two sections of first class along with two sections of coach.  We were able to sit wherever we wanted to, even lay down on the floor to sleep which some people took advantage of.  All in all, the flight was as quick as 14.5 hours could be.

When we first got off the plane in Taiwan, we were greeted with hundreds, maybe thousands of Taiwanese baseball fans seeking an autograph or even a high five from their favorite players.  As we walked through the airport and through customs, we had photos taken of us the entire walk.  It was a pretty awesome experience to say the least.

When we got to our buses parked outside, we had a police escort bring us to our hotel which is right across the street from Taiwan’s most famous building, Taipei 101.  Tonight I’ll be resting the feathers after a long journey across the world, but tomorrow is training day and we’ll all be heading over to Hsin Chuang Baseball Stadium in the afternoon.  I hope to get some better pictures to share with you tomorrow, but for now, have a look at a few pics I was able to snap on our way over here.

Here in LA, anxious to leave for Taiwan tomorrow

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Hey everybody,

I’m here in LA, spending one night before heading to Taiwan tomorrow morning around 10:30 am West Coast time.  I must say I have seen a few too many Angels and Dodgers hats while here, but I did see one Curly W hat which made my day!  As I was unpacking some of my uniforms, hats, wristbands and bowling balls, I found something inside that I didn’t pack.  Teddy, did you have anything to do with this image below???  Actually, it’s a silly question, of course you did.  I told you that the plane didn’t have enough room to fit you, but you insisted you come anyway.  Well, it looks like I’m bringing you along after all.  Not the actual you, just plush doll you.

My Send-Off Visit to Fox 5

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On Thursday morning, I visited my friends at Fox 5 here in Washington. Tony, Tom and I had a great time talking about all the exciting adventures I will have next week in Taiwan. Check out the video here.

TAIWAN BOUND!

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It’s been quite some time since I last wrote a blog post, but there is no better time to restart than now!  As I’m sure you have already heard, I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to travel to Taiwan with a team of MLB All-Stars for the 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series the first week of November.  I plan on updating my blog many times while over seas to let you all know where we are at, what we are up to, and any random experiences I feel like sharing with you!

This morning I was fortunate enough to visit with the Ambassador of Taiwan, Jason Yuan and his wife, Mrs. Maggie Yuan at the Twin Oaks Estate in NW DC.  The Ambassador and his office were so welcoming that it made me even more excited for the trip.  Ambassador Yuan taught me how to whistle in Mandarin, and showed me pictures of various cities such as Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung.  He also explained to me certain cultural differences as well as teaching me how to use chopsticks (very difficult with only four fingers and wings)!  After the personal lesson we dined on a traditional Taiwanese lunch.  Needless to say, I did NOT eat like a bird.  The food was delicious, and I ate plenty of it!

Thanks again to everybody at the TECRO for the great hospitality you showed me!  I’m looking forward to keeping in touch with all of you as I am in Taiwan next week.  There will be plenty more updates to follow this one!                                                                                                                                                         

Moving Day!

Yesterday was a great day at Nationals Park.  It was moving day, meaning Spring Training is right around the corner.  I helped load the trucks that headed out to Viera later in the evening.  I’m really excited for the season to start now.  ONLY SEVEN DAYS UNTIL PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORT!

 

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‘Tis The Season!

Good morning, Natstown!  With the holidays here, I wanted to share with you a few of my experiences over the past couple of weeks.  The holiday time is truly a time to give back to the community and that is something that I have been fortunate enough to do.  Not only have I been able to make a lasting impression on a lot of the kids I’ve met in the past few weeks, but they have also left a lasting impression on me.  Nowhere is that more true that at Dulles Airport where I was able to participate in the “Fantasy Flight” that United puts on every year.

For those unfamiliar with the “Fantasy Flight” it’s an event where United Airlines brings children suffering form serious illnesses on a plan ride to the “North Pole.”  When there, Santa, elves, and of course mascots appear to make their experience even more special!   I was able to meet some young children who were so excited to see me and the racing presidents in attendance.  Although we were all a little bit “cold” my experiences of making these children smile is what already made my holiday season so special.  Here are some pictures of the event from Saturday.

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Just wanted to give a huge WELCOME to Jayson Werth who we welcomed to DC yesterday.  I was able to meet him briefly and truly believe he will help take the team to the next level.  Happy Holidays to all of you, I hope you all have take the time to enjoy what’s truly important in life!

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Turkey Day is Approaching!

With Turkey Day approaching, I just want to make it loud and clear that yes, I do endorse eating Turkey for Thanksgiving.  It is NOT ok to eat eagles. 

Since that is out

of the way, let me get on with what I’ve been up to recently.  On Saturday, I headed up to Silver Spring along with the NatMobile to participate in Montgomery County’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  This parade is one of the biggest Thanksgiving Parades in the East Coast and once again, I was very impressed by the turnout.  Before the parade started, I got to hang out with a bunch of the float operators and of course, my favorite, the marching bands.  Whenever, I spot a marching band, the first thing I want to do is take over the drum line by stealing one of their quads.  When I borrow their drumsticks and begin playing, everyone is always so doubtful as to how I will sound.  This was no different on Saturday when
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I started banging away on some of one marching band’s drums.  At first there was some doubt, but then the members were shocked to discover that I actually have some rhythm!  If you don’t remember, check out my drumming on Opening Day 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjjOWw2Mjeg.  During the parade, I was able to visit slap five with so many Nationals fans, it got be excited for the 2011 season again.  To the left is a picture of me hanging out with some really cool kids at the start of the parade.

Immediately after the parade, I headed back to Nationals Park for a birthday party that took place in the Presidents Club.  Let me tell you, this birthday boy was one lucky kid!  When I showed up, all the partiers were excited to see me and of course, chaos ensued!  Kids were
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grabbing my legs, taking off my hat, and trying to steal my shoes!  After the kids settled down a bit, we ate cake, played with a pinata and I signed autographs for everyone.  Needless to say, it was a great Saturday!

 

Have a GREAT Thanksgiving everybody, and please remember it’s a time to reflect on what we’re thankful for.  One thing that I am thankful for, is having so many loyal readers of this blog like you!!

 

See you in Natstown!

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Making a Difference in the Community



I’ve always felt passionate about giving back to the community we live in.  Today, Nationals staff members and I put that belief into action again by refurbishing the Little Light Urban Ministries an organization that provides after-school car, academic assistance, mentoring and a number of community programs in Southeast D.C.  Some of the projects we tackled were reinforcing building support beams, capping an unused chimney, painting several rooms, and repairing a water pipe leak.  I myself, had NO IDEA how to fix any of these problems, but luckily experts on the Nationals staff were able to help me.  I’ve attached a few pictures of the work that we did yesterday and this morning.  Luckily for me, I only got a little bit of paint on my feathers, and thankfully, my brand new jersey survived paint-free!  Giving back to the community always feels great and I hope everyone will join in my efforts to making this area we call home a better place to live in for everybody!  Tomorrow check me out at the Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade with the NatMobile and check out George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy as they’ll be at the “Walk for The Homeless” at the National Mall from 8-10am!

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See you all around town!

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New Threads!


Last week unveiled our new uniforms for the 2011 and beyond season.  I personally LOVE the new look and think everything looks so much more brighter, cleaner, and more professional.  I also really like the fact that the Curly W is even more prevalent.  See the pictures below of what I and the racing presidents look like in our new threads.  Tell me what you think; do you like them?!

 

See you around town,

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Wait, it’s August Already??

 


 
Hey everyone, and thanks for checking back in with me!  I realized something today… it’s August already and the season is just flying by!  Here are some of my favorite pictures from the past couple of weeks.  They include the time I went skydiving, hanging with my buddies in Anaheim for All Star Game, and random appearances throughout the summer.  Check them out, and let me know how you like them!

Also make sure you check me out this upcoming weekend.  Saturday August 21, I’ll be at a little league championship game at Purcellville Fireman’s Field, and Sunday I’ll be hanging with Talon at DC United game and then heading over to celebrate Pinch’s birthday at the Southern Maryland Blue Claws game. 

 

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Talk with you all soon!




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