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We’re officially in Oklahoma City! We finally got WiFi up and running, everything moved into our new apartment and everything pretty much situated. We’re just in need of a couple of TV stands.
Just so I’m clear we pretty much knew we were going to start the year in AAA even before spring training started so don’t be so shocked that we’re not in LA. :)
Matt was “optioned” to minor league camp with about two weeks left of spring training. Matt (and most minor league guys) has three options on his contract —meaning once the Dodgers choose to send (aka option) him to the minor leagues instead of putting him on the 25-roster they’ve used one of his options. The Dodgers used one of his three options when they sent him to minor league camp during spring training. When you use an option it's just for the entire year so the Dodgers can send him up and down as many times as they want this season, and it’s under the first option. Once he is out of options, another team can pick him up.
Still with me? I know this baseball lingo and rules get kind of confusing.
We got to OKC on Saturday, March 30. We got backed from the Freeway Series that Wednesday before and started packing up, reserved a U-Haul and got on the road first thing Saturday morning. We stopped in Amarillo for the night then finished the last few hours on Saturday. The trip went smoothly. The most difficult thing was trying to figure out where to park the U-Haul when we got to the apartment. We’re living downtown OKC since that is where the field is so just not a lot of parking for big trailers like that. Matt finally just pulled into the parking garage next to the elevator so the move-in process was pretty easy.
The OKC Dodgers opening night is tomorrow, April 4 at home.
Let’s rewind a little bit to the Freeway Series Matt got invited to play in. The Freeway Series is three games between the Dodgers and the Angels. They’re technically spring training/exhibition games, but the games are planned in the big league stadiums. Two games were played at Angel Stadium and one at Dodger Stadium. Matt played in every game one at second base (yes for real), left field and first base. He had some good at-bats, a strikeout, good plays and even an error (at second in that first game *eyebrow wipe*). Matt handled playing positions he's not used to as much as well as he could. He even got an outfield assist in the second game. Maybe he'll start taking more reps at second even though he was told during spring training he won't be playing second base so don't take reps there then bam, first game Matt go to second. This game is funny. One thing that is consistent in Matt's game is his approach at the plate and always having quality at-bats. So whatever position he needs to play to get at-bats put him there. (OK off my soap box. This was more for the idiots sending out rude tweets about Matt when they have no clue. But did you ever make it past coach pitch? Have you even made $1 playing baseball? No? OK then shut it. That's my response in my head to all those haters.)
My nerves were off the charts, but my excitement was even higher just knowing I was sitting in a major league stadium for the first time because Matt was on the field. What a crazy feeling. I know Matt enjoyed getting “a taste of the big leagues” and getting to play in those stadiums in front of a lot of fans before the real deal happens. And I’m glad I got to get my bearings a little bit with how game days will work — or at least how to figure it out on my own.
Spring Training flew by. I can’t believe we’re starting Matt’s fifth professional season. I’m seriously so thankful everyday (ok maybe almost everyday cause packing and moving is brutal) we get to experience this life. We’ve never been more ready to see what this season has in store!
Enjoy some pictures from Spring Training below!
Matt & Jesica Beaty
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