Mark Your Mondays v1.9: The Gunslinger
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D'Backs Pitching Prospect
Posted May 8, 2006


Tucson is right down the street from Tombstone, so it was no surprise when Mark Romanczuk and Matt Torra, two talented young gunslingers in the D'Backs system, took up arms in defense of...whatever it is you're defending when you shoot clay pigeons; ALSO next time you see Mark give the umpire that 'I deserve the corner' glare just start chanting 'Little League!'

First and foremost, I have to acknowledge (for those at the FutureBacks office and everyone else) that my allegiance lies with the Diamondbacks.  I was always a Phillies fan since I grew up in that area, but now I obviously follow the D-Backs the most.  However, I have to admit that I would certainly love to see the D-Backs vs. the Phillies in the NLCS and I dream of the day when I can pitch against the Phillies.  I can only imagine that beating the team you grew up watching is a very rewarding feeling.

I kept busy this past week.  In fact, I had a rather interesting week considering I did two things I’ve never done before- umpire a baseball game and trap shoot.  On Friday night, I umpired at the little league where Matt Torra and I run that weekly pitching clinic.  They initially asked me to ump behind the plate, but I told them I wanted to do the field since it was only my first time.  I only had to make one difficult call when the catcher made a valiant attempt to throw out a runner who was stealing third base.  I called the runner safe because he slid under the tag and I don’t think some of the “little league parents” were happy about that judging by the faint comments I heard.  I think I will have a bit more sympathy for umpires after this experience.  I could only smile at how serious some of the parents and kids seem to be about the little league game, but I guess it’s all relative.  When I was that age, I thought winning little league games was the most important thing in the world.

Last week, when Torra and I were running that pitching clinic, one kid’s dad asked if we would be interested in going trap and skeet shooting at the shooting range and we thought it would be a fun thing to do.  Thus, on Sunday, I find myself holding a shotgun for the first time (I’m not much of a hunter or fisher) and shooting clay pigeons as they fly through the air.  I was shocked when I hit the second pigeon I attempted because I honestly thought I would be lucky to shoot one all day.  Matt and I actually held our own and by the end of the day, we were contemplating pursuing careers in trap shooting.  Obviously not, but we were definitely excited that we hit a few pigeons.

As for rehab, we are all beginning to notice that the temperature here in Tucson is slowly rising and approaching triple-digits.  It’s been in the low-to-mid nineties on a daily basis and it really seems like our running and stretching routines are getting harder, but in actuality, we are just feeling the heat.  I can’t even imagine facing temperatures from 100 to 110 degrees every single day, but I guess in a few weeks I won’t have to imagine it.  I’m the type of person who enjoys the change of season.  I like 90 degree summers, but I also like chilly falls and snowy winters.  However, during the baseball season, I definitely don’t enjoy pitching in cold weather, so I actually think this Arizona heat is ideal for baseball.

I hope everyone has a good week as I’m sure the weather is heating up nationwide.  See you next Monday.



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