Anderson's journal: Getting ready for Taiwan
Oct. 31, 2007
The St. Louis Cardinals took catcher Bryan Anderson in the fourth round of the 2005 Draft and he's been on the fast track ever since. He made his full-season debut at age 19 in the Midwest League and was named to both the midseason and postseason All-Star teams after hitting .302. He made the leap over a level to Double-A in 2007 and hit .298 as one of the league's youngest position players. He was a Texas League All-Star and participated in the Futures Game in San Francisco. He's spending this fall with Team USA and will represent the United States in the World Cup to be held in Chinese Taipei Nov. 6-18.
We have now been in Arizona for a week. I have gotten time now to meet and get to know all the players and coaches pretty well. All the guys on the team are great players and really good dudes. I have fun every day with these guys. The coaches have been awesome helping everyone out.
Scottsdale, Ariz. is a great city to be in. It's a lot of fun. There are a ton of good restaurants out here and the hotel is nice. It's a pretty good setup.
Now it's time to get ready for Taiwan. After the season ended, I had no idea I was going to be playing on this team. So I was just relaxing at home with the friends enjoying the offseason for a little while. This first week has been huge in getting ready. The first few days, all we did was work out on the field, hitting and throwing. I had to catch a ton of bullpens one day, but that comes with the territory of being a catcher.
All the pitchers on the team are pretty good, so it wasn't hard at all. There are some amazingly talented ballplayers on this team. I'm the young buck on the team, so it's a great honor to be able to play and hang out with them.
Our first game was Friday and putting on the USA jersey on for the first time was a pretty awesome feeling. It was like putting on the Cardinal jersey for the first time. We've played three really good games now against some of the Fall League teams out here. Those teams are no joke. Every player is really talented. These games have been really good for getting the kinks out and getting your timing and rhythm down. It's tough when you haven't hit a 90+ mph fastball in a month then mix in the offspeed. It's going to take a few games to get back into it.
I received a lot of great e-mails since the last journal entry so I want to answer a few of them. I appreciate the e-mails. Thanks for all the support!
Thanks for the journal! My question is as an aspiring baseball player and avid Cardinals fan, what is one tip you could give or one key to your success? P.S. What's your favorite movie?
-- John L.
I think the biggest tip I could give is to work hard and believe in what you're doing. If you believe you can do something and you work your hardest for it, nothing can stop you. And my favorite movie right now is Forrest Gump.
Since Yadi would seem to be with the Cardinals for years to come, can you play a secondary position like an outfield spot as well as catcher?
-- Ryan G., Ellisville, Mo.
The only position I have ever really played other than catcher is outfield and that was back in 10th grade. It was pretty ugly. You can ask anyone on my old high school team.