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.
Just writing again to give the fans a little update and insight on the team during the 2nd half. The team has been doing well so far this half, about a game back or so right now. So we're really close in the hunt for 1st place. We have recently been on two long 8 game roadtrips, on our 2nd one right now in Lake County, Ohio. Some of the roadtrips are fun, not as fun as everyone thinks though. Our bus ride up here was roughly 12 hours long. We drove up on our day off. We are 2-1 right now against the Captains. Playing pretty good baseball right now and everyone is trying to turn it up a little for the last month.
The whole team has enjoyed our great staff this year. We have a great manager, great pitching coach, and great hitting coach. All of them like to have a good time. Kline really keeps the guys going in the dugout and in the clubhouse. He is a great guy and really funny, too. He'll keep us entertained with whatever is on his mind, but when it's time to be serious, he'll be at the top to put a little fire under us to get us going. Mach has been doing great with all the guys this year. He's been a great manager and has really kept us going. He really knows what he is doing. He has a humorous side to him as well. He can be funny as well like Kline can, but keeps his cool when he needs to on the field! Lipso has been great with working with all the hitters this year. He is always there to help anyone with extra work and to get their extra hacks in the cages or on the field. He has been in the game for almost 20 years and really knows the game well. He has a lot of upside to him and a great guy. Everyone on the team really enjoys and appreciates the hardwork and help we get from them!
So right now we have 5 more games on the road. We will be back next Tuesday and will be back playing on Wednesday. Get ready for your Greenjackets as we're in the race for 1st. Keep up the cheering and thanks for being Great Fans!!