Guest Blogger: Jason Donald
Hello, my name is Jason Donald and I am an infielder in the Philadelphia phillies organization. This is my first time ever doing a blog so hang with me. Obviously, I along with pretty much everybody else in this league, are pretty excited to be here. This is my first time in the Fall League, but not my first time being in the state of Arizona for a long period of time. I went to the University of Arizona(BEAR DOWN!) down in Tucson so I guess you could say I’m somewhat used to the dry heat and desert landscape.
I would say one of the main goals for me while I am here is to learn and play third base. I have always been a shortstop and have only played shortstop my whole entire life, so this will be a great opportunity for me. I still will play short while I am here, but also third and maybe mixing in some second base as well. It has been a process thus far, but getting reps and experience is the most important thing for me. I also know that Jimmy Rollins won’t be going anywhere for quite awhile, and if learning and knowing how to play all three spots helps get me to the big leagues, then I will take the opportunity every time.
One aspect that has made my time here enjoyable thus far is the guys on the team. We have guys from the Phillies, Cubs, Marlins, Braves, and Tigers. I think we have meshed pretty well and everyone gets along great. Even though we all have different uniforms on, there is a sense of camaraderie inside the clubhouse and dugout. Plus, you get to see how other guys work and approach the game and maybe pick something up that could help your game get better.
Well I think that is about it for this blog. We start our second week of the AFL tomorrow night against Scottsdale. I am looking forward to the games and work ahead this week. Hope you enjoyed the blog entry.