Between attending home openers for the Atlanta Braves and Gwinnett Braves, educating you all on the difference between revenue sharing and the competitive balance tax, and my day job (whew!), I’ve gotten behind on our “Checking In” segment! So, I bring you two updates from our friend, CJ Bressoud…
The first update is from this past weekend as CJ broke camp:
Camp is basically over. All that’s left is a 9am show-and-go where I’ll pack up the locker and catch a flight to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This is gonna be my 3rd time going to Cedar Rapids, but my first time as a part of the bullpen. I’m excited to get out there and compete. I feel good about my overall spring, I went from “your on the outside looking in” to earning a spot in the pen. It also feels good to have staff and other players tell you they’re proud or that you deserve it, or “I was rooting for you.” That’s what’s its all about to me, working hard to see a better outcome. Whether it be personally or as a team you have to try to win every day. And comments like that along with support from family, friends and fans make the daily preassures a little easier.
I really feel confident in this team. We have about five 1st rounders or supplemental round guys on our roster. Our pitching staff is tough, and our pen should be solid along with 2 of the RAWest outfielders in you’ve ever seen. Cedar Rapids…here we come!
The Cedar Rapids Kernels had their home opener last night, and our friend CJ came into the game and pitched the eighth and ninth innings! Here’s what he had to say about their first game:
Opening night last night was a blast besides it being 30 degrees and only 1,300 people in the stands. We opened up the Midwest League this year against the Beloit Snappers. Our starter, Garrett Richards, went 5 scoreless innings, then Buddy Boshers went a noisy 2 scoreless innings. Then I got the rock for the 8th and 9th.
I punched out my first 2 batters then proceeded to have a 7-pitch at bat to their leadoff guy, a pesky lefty who kept fouling off my fastball. I finally won the battle against him making him fly out weakly to right field.
Going into the 9th we had 1 out and the bases loaded but due to a baserunning blunder they doubbled us up on a line drive to center, plus our runner on second took off as soon as the ball was hit so he was dead meat and it was the end of our inning.
So I toe the hill in the 9th freezing from head to toe. I strike out the first 2 batters again then a 2-out 4-pitch walk, where I might add every pitch was borderline. The very next pitch we caught the runner stealing, and I’m out of my innings unscathed and perfect. We ended up loosing in extra innings due to an error, but that’s gonna happen. It just sucks because it was such a well played game all night untill 2 blunders on our behalf really late in the ballgame. Overall I felt good for the weather conditions, my mom and dad were also in attendence so that was really special. We host Beliot again tonight and plan on taking the next 2 games in the series for sure!”
So, in summary, our friend CJ had a terrific first outing! He pitched two hitless innings where he struck out four batters and only walked one! Not bad for the first game back in 30 degree weather…in fact, it’s pretty darn great for any outing. It’s great to see CJ starting the year out strong! Can’t wait to hear about his next outing, and wishing him all the best of luck going forward!
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