Ever since Everth Cabrera was acquired by the Padres in 2009, he’d represented little more to me than a low-risk acquisition at a position of scarcity. Where immense athletic talent coupled with stunted development was essentially given an opportunity to compete in an environment with almost zero competition. A Rule 5 pick catapulted from A-ball to the big leagues at age 23 is story enough, but the subsequent details resemble a story that more closely resembles a mythic tall tale than an accurate, biographical account:

By Mike Saeger

In Part 1, Mike discussed his radio broadcasting background, misperceptions about what he actually does, and long bus rides through West Texas. Now for the rest of the story…

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Most of my days during the season are a page right out of Groundhog Day. I’m a prep junkie so I usually start prepping for a game around 11 AM or noon at the absolute latest, and I don’t stop until close to game time, except to pop into the manager’s office for a few minutes or to occasionally hang out by the batting cage for a little bit. You do your game, wrap up, and then head home or back to the hotel. Bedtime is usually around 1 AM on the early side because you’re normally still pretty amped. I suppose downing copious amounts of coffee during the game doesn’t help much.

Thanks to modern technology it’s pretty easy nowadays to get information on players from any team. Google has become my best friend, but it also takes a long time. It’s worth it, though, because you can come up with some great background info that you’d otherwise have no idea to ask a player. For instance, Midland got a guy late last year named Matt Rizzotti. Pretty good hitter who had been originally signed by the Phillies. In doing some Googling I found an old newspaper story about how he found out he had something like 20/10 vision during an eye exam. There was a little more to the story but that was the gist of it. I would have never known that had I not spent some time trying to find some info on him. Read More…