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AFL Week 2, first games

Hello again!  Lucas May here with the Surprise Rafters.  Looking back on the first games of the Fall League here in Arizona, I am reminded of the first games of spring and the first games of the regular season.  Nothing is more exciting than getting to spring training and playing in those first games after a long off-season.  And finally when spring training gets a little repetetive, the first games of the regular season roll around.  The excitement is back in the air, and everyone on the team is eager to find their niche and get into their daily routine.  The first week in the Fall League was a lot like any first week of baseball.  For myself, it was all about getting into a routine and getting back into the swing of things.

The best part of the first week, for me, was finally seeing what all of our guys could do in a game setting.  Whether it be Wes Hodges hitting go ahead three run homers in two consecutive games to Matt Wieters going 9 straight at bats without getting out, to Brian Matusz having a stellar pro debut, that makes it easy to overlook the record we compiled this week of 2 and 3.  It was also fun to see my fellow Dodgers hold their own. Russ Mitchell in his Fall League debut had a hit and a couple of RBIs and Jamie Hoffmann got his typical two hits per game with a few RBIs as well. 

As for myself, it was fun getting back into action behind the plate.   The guys on our staff showed pretty good command for the first week, a few bumps in the road here and there.  I feel like my catching is coming along pretty good as I had a few blocks in key situations this week.  For me, improvement on my catching is my number one goal here in the Fall League, and the first week was a step in the right direction.

Our team has a passion for the game of baseball….but surpassing our passion of this game is the passion for college football.  On Saturdays our clubhouse is littered with tee shirts from all corners of the country, representing different colleges.  Every TV is on a different game before we go out for our own game.  If we can spend half the energy we spend talking trash about college football on our baseball…surely we will have success! 

I’d like to shout out to my little brother Steve May and the rest of his baseball buddies who are grinding it out at Army at West Point!  Thanks for checking up on me, and I’m always checking up on you guys.  

Thanks for reading this week and I’ll be back for another post on Monday.  Take it easy! 

AFL Week 1-Personal Bio

Hello everyone, my name is Lucas May with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and I am representing our team out here in the Fall League.  As I am doing a weekly blog on my experience out here, I will have this be an introduction and tell a little about myself and how I came to play in the Fall League.

Starting off, I was raised mostly in St. Louis and still spend my off-seasons there.  I was drafted out of high school in 2003 and signed as a shortstop, where I played for 2 and a half years.  Mid way through my 2005 season I converted to the outfield where I would spend the next year and a half.  After the 2006 season in Low-A Columbus, the Dodgers approached me about converting again to catcher. 

I jumped in with both feet during the instructional league in Arizona that fall, thinking that this would be my last position change.  My first year catching in 2007 was the epitome of a learning experience.  With the help of Steve Yeager, Charlie Hough, and Dave Collins, my High-A experience was a crash course of ‘how to catch’.  The Dodgers catching coordinator, Travis Barbary, would make regular trips in to track my progress as well. There is so much more work to be done as a catcher rather than an infielder or outfielder.  Physically it is a grind, but even more is the mental strength it takes to remember hitters and to know what your pitchers are capable of.

This year I played in the Double-A Southern League out of Jacksonville Fl.  It was a very challenging year for me both at the plate and behind. At this level you regularly see guys that get called up to the big leagues from your team, or teams you play against. Definitely the hottest league I’ve every played in.

Besides being in my first Major League spring training this year and going overseas to China to play the Padres, being invited to the Arizona Fall League is the biggest honor of my career.  We have had three days of practice so far, and the talent we have is amazing.  The level of play exhibited during batting practice and bullpen sessions is far and above what I am used to.  Having a former catcher, Gary Allenson, as my manager here is a bonus for me, being a new catcher.  His old school mentality and knowledge of the game is sure to push me to be a better player. I am extremely excited to play this fall and get to know some guys from different organizations.  I feel lucky to be chosen to represent the Dodgers here in the Fall League and look forward to sharing my experiences with you all.  As I get to know my teammates and coaches better, I will be able to offer a little more insight about our team.  The first game of the fall is Tuesday, Oct. 7.  Thank you and we’ll talk again soon!