Inside The Dugout: July 3, 2009

By: Matt Barnes
By: Matt Barnes

Your inside look at the Augusta GreenJackets with infielder Charlie Culberson as they go through the 2009 South Atlantic League season.

Editor's Note: Charlie Culberson is the regular third baseman for the Augusta Greenjackets. He was drafted with the 51st pick in the 2007 MLB draft by the San Francisco Giants. He is a Calhoun, GA native and is in his second year playing for the GreenJackets. He has agreed to share his thoughts on the second half of the 2009 season with News 12 Sports. Check back often for his exclusive insights on the 2009 season as the GreenJackets look to defend their 2008 South Atlantic Legaue championship.

July 3, 2009.

Hey everyone , this is Charlie Culberson from your Augusta GreenJackets! Just wanna fill the fans in on everything that goes on within our team and how the season is going. And also the life of a Greenjacket. As you can see, we have been playing better baseball lately. It took us a couple weeks to get things going. Ever since our slow start, the team has came together and been playing better ball.

We have played almost 3 months and and already 77 games into the season. We came back with a strong finish to the first half and ended up 35-34. The team and coaches both were pretty excited about finishing up the first half above the .500 mark. Everyone has been working hard , day in and day out, to better themselves as a player and to help the team win.

To give you an idea of what we go through, here's our schedule throughout the day. We will have 2 days a week where the team will go workout in the mornings at the YMCA. We usually start around 10:30 and workout for an hour. Then we will get lunch and any other errands before we have to go to the field at 1:30. We'll usually start our early work, for the position players, at 2:30 for hitting and 3:00 for defensive work. The pitchers will start their throwing and conditioning at 3:00 everyday. After we get done with early work then we stretch and start batting practice on the field around 4:00. When b.p. is done, we'll head back into the clubhouse where the air condition is pumping.

Everyone is pretty worked up and a little tired by now from being on the field. Our Clubhouse Manager, Mike Marshment, prepares us a great spread that he lays out for us. He knows that it is hot out, so he will cut up fresh fruit and lay out sandwhiches for us to make with chips and gatorade to drink. Once we get done eating, everyone goes back out of the field to take infield and outfield. After that we all come back in , shower up if we need to , then be back on the field at 6:45 for the 7:05 game. After the game is over, we'll usually eat in the clubhouse and then head on home. Then wake up in the morning and do it all over again. Plus, we will throw in our bus trips which can last 2 hours or even up to 10 hours. We are on the road half of the year. 70 games at home and 70 on the road.

So, there is a little more to it then just playing baseball every night at 7:05. Everyone enjoys playing the game and being able to have this great opportunity to do so. When things are going so well, you have to look at the bright side and think - well i could have a "real job" , or try my best everyday and do something that I love to do, which for us is to play baseball.

This is what is going on in our life right now as a minor league baseball player, playing for the Augusta GreenJackets. We appreciate everyone that comes to the games and supports us. The fans that cheer and that are there for us, make the game more fun to play!

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