Hey everybody! The Hawaii winter league is
finishing this weekend. Its been great getting to meet
players from all over the world. Its pretty cool when you can
see different styles of baseball from different areas of the
world. The Latin players have a little more “suave” or
smoothness to their game. The asian players bring a lot more
movement with precise timing in everything they do. Although
it makes the american vanilla style seem boring, it works
just as good as any other style out there.
Aloha everybody. Since my last blog five days ago, the winter league here in Hawaii has been put on hold due to bad weather. We’ve rained out 2 of our last 3 games with two scheduled off days in between. We’ve played once in the last five days and its been great. It’s funny how much we love rainouts. In little leagues, we used to be so upset if it was raining on game day. Now that we’re in pro-ball, we treat rainouts as a reason to celebrate. I guess its like having an unexpected day off from work.
Aside from the rain, our team is on a three game losing streak. We haven’t played well the last three games but I’m confident we’ll bounce back. I’ve also had a couple of rough days at the plate. I’ve been fouling off a lot of pitches that should be hit hard, and my timing has been a little inconsistent. With only 15 more games to go here in the winter league, the main thing for me is to stay healthy and finish strong.
I haven’t heard any good ones lately to add to “You can be a pitcher if…”, so I’ll have to update it next week. Talk to you later…
Aloha!!! Kala Ka’aihue back at you from the Honolulu Sharks here in beautiful Hawaii. The start of the Hawaii Winter Baseball League has been great. Our team is very talented and we’ve proven to be the team to beat with the best record among the four teams. Although we’ve got the best record, if you were to watch all four teams compete, it would be hard to rank them based on talent alone. With all four teams stacked with prospects, our team has found ways to win with a lot of different guys contributing. I’ve also been happy to see the asian players from Japan and Korea bring a different style and speed to the game. The pitchers from Asia have been doing a great job of messing with hitters timing(especially mine…I think I’m 2-15 off asian pitching). Hopefully I’ll hit better against the asian pitchers the next three weeks of the HWB league.
The World Series starts today and we’ve got three guys with the Phillies organization that are obviously excited to see their organization succeed. I was pulling for the Rays in the ALCS, however in the World Series, I’m rooting for a buddy of mine and another ”local boy” Shane Victorino and the Phillidelphia Phillies. One factor that I think is sometimes overlooked by media and fans during playoffs in any sport is team chemistry. I’ve experienced it this past season as SL champs, and I can tell you that team unity, clubhouse humor, and keeping the dugout mood light, were all huge factors in both our season and postseason. Both the Rays and Phillies seem to have that going for them which makes me believe this will be a very exciting and emotional series.
Although pitching usually dominates hitting, this postseason has shown to be an offensive slugfest. I hope it continues because I personally love to watch hitters beat up on pitchers. I root for underdogs and hitters are the underdogs because pitchers have all the advantage. If it sounds like I think pitching is easy, I don’t! It’s really tough but I like to make fun of pitchers so here’s a start to an on-going thing that I will continually update and revise that I like to call “You can be a pitcher if…”
#1 You can be a pitcher if… you like working every 5 days!!!
#2 You can be a pitcher if… you can handle the frustration of golfing in between starts. (It’s really tough on your wallet too)
#3 You can be a pitcher if… you can’t field a groundball, you can’t hit water if you fell out of boat, and you are not athletic at all… but you can throw 90 mph.
#4 You can be a pitcher if… you think 1 VS. 9 is totally fair!
Hope you enjoyed this weeks blog. Please feel free to comment on anything I’ve talked about. And if you have anything I can add to, “You can be a pitcher if…”, I’ll be glad to add them in next weeks update of You can be a pitcher if…” See ya in a few days…Aloha!!!
Aloha baseball fans! Kala Kaaihue coming to you from Honolulu, HI home of the Honolulu Sharks and the Hawaii Winter Baseball League. Here’s a little background info about me…I was born and raised here in Kailua, HI on the island of Oahu. I signed as a first baseman with the Atlanta Braves in June 2005 from South Mountain Junior College in Tempe, AZ. I have played with 5 minor league affiliates with the Braves organization in the past 3 1/2 years. Most recently, I’m proud to say I was part of the 2008 Southern League Championship team, the Mississippi Braves. I also have a brother in the Kansas City Royals organization who made his ML debut this past season as a September call-up. It’s been an exciting year and I’m especially excited to be playing this winter in front of family and friends here in my hometown.
The winter league started on September 27th and its been great getting to know the rest of the Sharks. We’ve got a talented group of players from different organizations including the Mets, Phillies, Rockies, Cardinals, Indians, and Braves. Along with MLB teams, we’ve also got a handful of guys from Japan and Korean proffessional leagues. Although I’ve learned some spanish in the past few years, I’m just starting to learn a couple of Japaneese and Korean words. They all seem to be enjoying Hawaii’s beautiful beaches, perfect weather, and of course the local food. If anyone was trying to gain weight for next years season, they came to the right place. The winter league will last six weeks ending on November 16th. I’m glad I have the opportunity to play this winter with so many talented prospects in this league.
Aside from baseball, I’m happy to be home watching football and volleyball at the University of Hawaii. I have some friends and highschool teammates on the football team and my younger sister, Elizabeth Kaaihue is a sophmore on the #6th ranked Rainbow Wahine Volleyball Team. Other than that, everything here in Hawaii is going great. Well I better get going to the field….Aloha!