Well, just as I blogged last night, I’m already back into my “go-go” pace. And, I’m loving it!
We left Rio de Janeiro at 6:30 last night. Took a short flight to Sao Paulo, had a 2 1/2 hour layover and took off at 10:30 pm. We landed at Dulles at 7:00 a.m. I was able to get about 4 – 5 hours of sleep (I normally don’t sleep well on planes).
I had a baseball game scheduled at 8:00 am this morning. I wasn’t too tired so I was determined to play. It did an hour to get through customs so I didn’t make it to the ballfield until 9:00 am. But, it was only the third inning — and we were down 6 – 2.
I wasn’t sure how I would play after being on the plane for so long. I did drop the first fly ball hit to me in center field (I was pissed at myself)! But, I did hit a sharp grounder to third in my first at-bat — the 3B didn’t handle it well and a run scored. I caught the next couple of balls hit to me. Then, we entered the last inning down 1 run. I was scheduled to bat second in that inning. Our first batter got on base, then made it third after a steal and passed ball. Since we had to get in that runner to tie the game, I surveyed the field and noticed the 1B playing back. So, I laid down a bunt along the first base line. Both the pitcher and 1B went for the ball and no one covered the bag. So, I made it safely to first and the run scored. I then stole 2nd and 3rd base. The next two batters walked. Then, our next batter got hit by the pitch and I scored the game-winning run. So, it was worth the effort to get out there to play ball!
I went home — did three loads of laundry — then took my Mom to a Greek Easter barbecue at the home of the wonderful Pedas family. A bunch of my friends were there — Tavs, Ted L, Rick, Billy, Jarrod, JP, etc. The Pedas and Tavlarides family were so wonderful and nice to my Mom. We had a great time.
So, it was my first day back after 10 days in Brazil. And, instead of relaxing, it was a fun day full of baseball, family and friends. It doesn’t get much better!