Mark Your Mondays v1.1

Mark Your Mondays v1.1

Mark Romanczuk can do several things better than anyone at the offices can. For one thing, he can throw a baseball upwards of 90 miles an hour, with accuracy. For another he can graduate from Stanford. Mark begins what is the newest weekly feature at, Mark You Mondays, a weekly journal written by Mark that will take you behind the scenes of a minor leaguer's life. Apparently there were a few things cut from Bull Durham.

            Hello everyone.  My name is Mark Romanczuk and I am a left-handed pitcher in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.  I'll be providing you with some insight into pro baseball and the ups and downs that accompany it.  First, I'll give you a little background on me and where I've been.

I grew up in Delaware, the First State.  I attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, California for three years, where I played baseball and majored in Economics.  I signed with the D-backs in the fourth round out of last year's draft.  Unfortunately, I had to go under the knife about 2 months ago (in January).  I had a trapped and irritated nerve that had to be moved in order to provide relief.  I think the official name of the surgery is Ulnar Nerve Transposition, but I don't really think that means much to you or me.  Basically, they untrapped my nerve and moved it so it doesn't get irritated again.

Anyway, over the next few weeks, months, or however long we keep this going, I'll talk about everything that being a baseball player encompasses including the rehab process, interactions with teammates, activities off the field, random cool stuff that happens, and of course baseball (when I get healthy and start pitching again).  I'm excited to be able to do this and I think it will be a lot of fun.

As for now, Spring Training is just getting underway, which would normally make me really excited about the beginning of the season.  However, since I can only watch right now, it is sometimes disheartening to see guys out there competing and having fun, while I am limited to the training room.  The comforting thought that I have when I do go outside to do my running and I see everyone else playing is that "it's only a matter of time" until I get to join them, and I can't wait for that.

The best part about right now is that all the guys I played with this summer (up in Missoula) are now in town (in Tucson), so we have all been able to hang out.  Actually, the other day, two of my teammates (Peter Duda and Jason Neighborgall) and I went to Chiles where we ran into Luis Gonzalez randomly.  Since he was by himself, we asked him if he wanted to eat with us and we all ended up eating and talking for an hour or so.  It was awesome to be able to pick his brain and gain some perspective on so many different things.  We were all sitting there thinking how outrageous it was that we happened to run into him.  It was pretty crazy to get a chance to hang out with a 16-year big-leaguer in our first spring training.

Anyway, that's it for now.  I'll see you guys next week.

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