Thursday, June 30, 2011

Change can be a good thing..Right??

Many of you already know, but a few weeks ago I got a phone call from Jake, and knew something wasn't right by his voice.. He got moved into the bullpen and is now trying to be a relief pitcher. Many of you are thinking is this a good thing OR bad thing?

To be honest, it can be either! It's not a bad thing at all because Texas bullpen is really struggling, and from rumors we hear there is going to be some movement potentially in the future. At first Jake was pretty upset because he has always been a starter. It like any of you getting moved into a new job/position. It's scary, and the unknown is frightening! I am very excited because I feel like this might be his chance to shine! He got positive feedback from some of the front office people of why they decided to move him here, and I do not want to say specifics since this blog is public, and don't know who is reading it...All I can say is please keep Jake in your prayers, along with many other players who are having a hard time with the unknown of baseball, and hoping to make a break at some point! Jake has had a rough few outings as a relief. It's like riding a bike.. The first time you try do it, your going to fall, and will take a few times until you can ride, and feel comfortable! I know Jake will get the hang of it, but it's completely different from starting!

Jake usually gets to throw around 100 pitches before going out, and getting his arm warmed up. Now he is only throwing 30 pitches or so..I believe if anyone can make the transition it is Jake! He is driven, and has what it takes! I am very encouraged about the feedback we heard, and feel like God is in control, and has a plan for Jake!

Back in spring training, a man named John Hart, if you don't know who it is google him! Anyways, he is a big deal in the baseball world. Our paths keep crossing..He is from Orlando, lives in Isleworth, my mom, and his wife sit across from each other at the salon, and so on! My dad had to meet him since he builds in Isleworth, and is such a small world! When they were talking (I was too shy to go over) John made a statement that stuck with me ever since..He told my dad "Jake has what it takes for the bullpen, and if they (Rangers) stick him in there he will be in the bigs very soon..."

Now just because one person says that does not mean it will happen by any means..At first I was thinking that is a very odd thing to say since he is a starter, and couldn't stop thinking about that statement.. So when Jake called me with the news, I was almost excited and thought I wonder if it had anything to do with what John had said..The reason they also moved him there is because of the Rule 5 draft (40-man protection.) Last year, since Jake was a draft out of high school he went into the rule 5 draft. We obviously were not protected, since he was only in low A.. Now that Jake is in AA, he is being talked about a lot, actually..Texas is trying to decide if they want to protect him or if they are willing to give him up (to another team.) I am praying whatever is the best thing for Jake, and where they will treat him the best, and most importantly being in the big leagues! We love Texas, and the organization, but the unknown is so hard right now!! We will not be finding anything out unless he is in a trade coming up until December or so! We are just praying that whatever is meant to be will happen, and to trust..
All I know is Jake belongs on that mound if it is relief, or starting he belongs out there!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Home Sweet Home

It feels so amazing to be home!!  OH how I have missed all the little things, my room, bed, back porch, lake, snack drawer, cookies, home, and OF COURSE MY PARENTS!

I had a horrible time flying here! I do not travel well alone. I will have to learn because most of the time I will be traveling alone, but have not gotten down a good routine yet! The entire time to the airport we weren't sure if it was the correct airport (I know that sounds dumb) but it would not pull up an exact address, and when we first pulled up it was the corporate offices..I was panicking thinking I would miss my flight, but luckily the airport was 5 miles past the offices! PHEW!!

I brought my dog, Sophie home with me she definitely is my dog having stomach issues! She threw up in her crate on the way to the airport and I did not realize it until I had her out going through the scanner, and had it all over my white shirt...I had to go to the bathroom and throw out everything in her crate!! Trying to get her to take her sleeping pills for the airplane was a nightmare, and I had a panic attack somewhere in between all this mess! I almost had Jake turn around and come get me! I was so upset, and was over it (I hate flying!!) I have flown my entire life, and about 4 years ago I really started to hate it!  I was so excited to come home, but was dreading the flight! I forced myself to get on that airplane because I knew the end I would be happy! I finally arrived in Orlando around 11:40 pm and was so excited to be home! We left a day later for North Carolina for my niece, Ryley's 1st birthday! I haven't seen them since February! We had so much fun! I was so glad I got to be there, and share her special day with everyone!

 I was supposed to go home on Tuesday, and felt like my time had been cut in half with more traveling we drove to NC and coming home took about 10.5 hours!! It was pretty bad with all the fires by Jacksonville! I was coming back to Orlando the beginning of July for Rachel's (Jake sister's wedding.) It did not make sense to go back to Texas on Tuesday, then fly back in 10 days..Plus Jake is on the road for 5 of them! I decided to stay through and spend more time here! I do miss Jake, but he is gone so much this month this was the perfect time for a break, until the off season in September! Jake will be coming to Orlando on July 8 for Rachel and Michael's wedding. The sad thing is he will only be there less than 30 Hours! I feel bad for him with all the traveling he is flying out of Missouri, then on Sunday early EARLY morning to Arkansas to meet his team. It will be nice for him to see everyone at the wedding, and be here for a little bit! He is looking forward to seeing his family! Just wish it wasn't so short! :(

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Fathers day!

Happy fathers day to all the fathers out there especially my dad, and my father in law! We are so blessed to have amazing men like you in our lives, and thank you for being great examples to our families! We love you both sooo much, and appreciate all you do for us! 


Jake pitched last night, and we all got to watch him on MILB TV!! It was so exciting and fun! He did pretty good! We keep joking with him about the first inning, he ALWAYS gives up 3 runs, he needs to break that curse! My dad says "Just pretend it is the 2nd inning." He pulled through the rest of the game, and pitched 6 innings! The last few games he has struggled or what we could call a slump. We think he is finally out of that and back to his old self again! We all were very proud of him last night, and so glad we got to watch him!! 
Getting ready for the first inning

so thankful we all got to see him on tv! 


I wanted to share this off of Riders Insider Blog that Jake wrote about his dad during an interview for the pre-game today! 



RHP, Jake Brigham: One of seven kids (four brothers, two sisters) , Jake grew up in Florida where his dad was a barber.  He had to cut a lot of hair to support all those hungry mouths and thus had one day off a week: Wednesday.
“Every Wednesday afternoon he’d take us seven kids to Barnett Park and we had practically enough players to field a team.  I remember him pitching to us … We all got a chance to field, catch, hit, and play the outfield.” -http://ridersinsider.mlblogs.com/


This was also on the blog, and is what Jake spends MOST of his time doing in the clubhouse, and on the bus! PLAYING CARDS...This was taken by Aaron the radio guy. 

They had to be on that bus for 7 hours!! Did not arrive to Corpus Christi until 6:30 am Thursday Morning!! Jake was exhausted just like the rest of the players! They sure do have to travel a lot, and find things to do which includes cards a lot!! :) They are back on the bus for another 7 hour bus trip back to Frisco! 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Life in the minors

My favorite statement of ALL times is "It must be nice married to a pro baseball player." This is something that is said more than it should be to me when people find out Jake plays baseball. Most of the time, they are referring to financial stability. That is why I think it's pretty funny if they only knew the difference from minors to majors. HUGE DIFFERENCE!! 


Their are so many perks to the life of baseball, and I am so happy where we are at right now in our life! I am so glad Jake and I have had to experience what we have already this season. It has only made us stronger, and will appreciate success in life greatly in our future!  I couldn't see us being anywhere else, BUT...sometimes it gets old especially after the same schedule everyday! 

Before our date

I've had a lot of people ask what our schedule is like during the season, so here is a bit of a breakdown in the minors.

This month Jake is gone 18 days, and home 9 days! Luckily, i'm going on vacation (back home) and can't imagine being alone almost the entire month! It was a perfect time to get off work since so many families are traveling for summer, and be able to go home to see my family, and friends! 


June 2011

=Home   =Away   =Home Exhibition   =Away Exhibition   Tickets=Buy Tickets   =Promotion   =MiLB.TV   
All times CT. Subject to change.

 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday



1

@ NWA
W 5-4
2

@ NWA
W 7-5
3

@ NWA
W 18-5
4

@ TUL
W 4-1
5

@ TUL
W 3-0
6

@ TUL
W 9-4
7
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vs SA
L 1-11
9

vs SA
L 2-5
10

vs SA
W 5-4
11

vs SA
L 8-9
12

@ MID
L 2-9
13

@ MID
W 13-6
14

@ MID
6:30 PM
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@ MID
6:30 PM
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Video
@ CC
7:05 PM
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Video
@ CC
7:05 PM
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Video
@ CC
6:05 PM
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Video
@ CC
6:05 PM
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vs MID
7:00 PM
21
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vs MID
11:00 AM
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vs MID
7:00 PM
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vs MID
7:00 PM
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Video
@ CC
7:05 PM
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@ CC
7:05 PM
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@ CC
6:05 PM
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@ CC
7:05 PM
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29

South vs North
7:05 PM
TEX All-Star Game in San Antonio, TX
30
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vs SPR
7:00 PM

The morning is when Jake and I really get to spend time with each other because once he gets to the field he is there the rest of the day until the game is over. Unfortunately my work schedule conflicts with this a lot, most couples are home at night, instead of the morning. I try my best to schedule later morning so I can spend time with him, in addition to us only having one car and need to take him to the field in the afternoon.



When he arrives to the field, he eats lunch, work outs, have a live bp (bull pen) or has to shag, and the rest is history what they do in that clubhouse until the game! I know they sit around A LOT, and play cards!




The games are usually at 7 pm every night, and don't get over until 10 or later (hate extra innings!!) Jake is at the field around 10 hours or more a day, and that is not including when they travel!! I try my best to accommodate my work schedule on the home stands to have a little bit of time with him in the morning, plus we only have one car out here and not many players live in our neighborhood. That has been challenging because of work. It makes the most sense right now where we are at because he is at the field all day, and when he's not usually travelingMost wives/girlfriends will travel especially in the minors because the distance usually isn't that far, and a handful don't have children either! The furthest I believe is 4 hours, so they are able to follow the bus in their car, stay at the same hotel, and be able to see a new city! In the minors, two boys to each hotel room, so that is the tricky part! I have not traveled with him yet, but usually when the wife comes or another girl, they will pay for an extra room,  then the two players will split that cost in order to not be with a roommate (I need privacy, and not have another player sleeping across from me!!) AWKARD



We get about 2 off days per month, and I try my best not to work on those since that is the only time Jake and I have together! Unfortunately the last one (last week) I was sick OF COURSE happens on our off day, and we didn't get to do anything fun...Most guys will relax, sleep, go fishing, do whatever! Jake always tries to get me to go fishing or golf (both of those do not sound fun to me!!

Our Favorite days are Sunday games because they get done at 7 instead of 10 pm!! Last week a big group of us went out to dinner, movie, and Dave & Busters! It felt like we had a normal life! It felt weird having dinner with Jake, because every night I eat alone (they provide the boys with two meals at the field, which is great because they have a few options to choose from, and Jake eats sooo much!!!) This is considered apart of our "dues." Jake has to pay dues for washing his uniform, cleaning around locker room, food, etc (AKA: clubhouse dues.) I always get irritated when he says he needs this much for dues..I'm thinking i'll be the clubby for that!! Honestly, the one here is so awesome, and has a ton of options for food, always fresh fruit, sandwich meat, so it's worth it he treats the boys great!
Some of the girlfriends, and only one in this picture has been traded so far (that's very shocking usually more by now)

The baseball season gets old pretty quickly 7 days a week, and always GO GO GO!!! I am thankful to have girls to sit with in the stands! We talk the entire time, and it makes the game go by quicker! They say you can always tell who baseball girls are..Usually sitting alone, or with other girls talking the entire game and not paying attention! True statement to both! I hate sitting alone, so i'm glad to have one of the girlfriends out here full time with me! If I am alone, and this sounds terrible I usually bring a magazine or on my phone the entire time.. Have you ever sat at baseball games night after night?? You have to find ways to entertain yourself especially when your married to the pitcher who only plays every 5 days! ITS BORING!! 




The off season which concludes the season in September unless they make the playoffs, finals, world series, winter ball and yadada.. most of the boys come home in September until February-March for spring training! This is when we have a "normal life." Jake is a freelance interpreter for deaf people, and I will hopefully find a nanny job or something with fashion this off season! It is nice having him home at nights, and off on the weekends! I look forward to that time with our families, and so thankful we are home for the holidays!! 

This is how I feel when I think of the off season!!