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
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
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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