Blora A talented baseball player has many moments that heâ€™ll remember his whole life. Â Thereâ€™s the moment heâ€™s drafted. Â For Jake Odorizzi, 22, that moment was in 2008 when he was drafted 32nd overall by the Milwaukee Brewers.
http://shushescorts4u.co.uk/?p=554 Dozens of other moments quickly arrived as he signed his first professional contract with a $1.06 million dollar signing bonus. Â The first Spring Training. The first professional game. The first pitch. Â All tremendous moments in a playerâ€™s life.
http://lucfr.co.uk/?p=47 Odorizziâ€™s talent will insure hundreds more moments in his career. Â His fastball tops out at 95 MPH and he has what Mark Nasser, the voice of the Omaha Storm Chasers, called an â€œUncle Charlieâ€ curveball. Â Heâ€™s literally got a million dollar arm.
Thereâ€™s also the moment he was traded to the Royals organization in a trade that included Cy Young Award winner, Zack Greinke.
But it wasnâ€™t until a night in May, 2012, before Jake truly had HIS moment. Â The moment he knew heâ€™d arrived.
The week of May 17, 2012 was a momentous week of moments for Odorizzi. Â He had had an amazing season for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. In the first month of the season, he logged a 3.32 ERA over 7 games for the AA Naturals. Â Thatâ€™s when he got the call that he was moving up to the AAA Omaha Storm Chasers along with his friend, roommate, and teammate, Wil Myers, a superstar-to-be in his own right. Â â€œWil got here an hour before me,â€ Odorizzi said following his first start in Omaha. Â A game in which he went 6 â…” innings, gave up 3 runs and had 4 strikeouts with only 1 walk.
After the game, Jake admitted that he had a lot of work to do to settle into this level of competition, but felt the jump from A ball to AA was more difficult than the jump from AA to AAA. Â But he did offer up, â€œyou can tell the difference.â€
Odorizzi might make yet one more jump this year as the Major League Royalsâ€™ pitching staff is decimated from injuries, poor performances and overuse. Â But yet, on this night, Odorizzi had one of those unforgettable moments.
Following the game, while answering reportersâ€™ questions in the hallway, the clubhouse attendant walked by and set down a 12-pack of soda next to him. Â Odorizzi stopped in mid-sentence, breathless, then paused a moment longer.
â€œThatâ€™s my hometown drink.â€ Â The 12-pack was a 7-UP style package with â€œSKIâ€ emblazoned on the side. Â Suddenly you could see he was taken back that the Storm Chasers organization would take such care of this million dollar pitcher with ace-type stuff to research and deliver his hometown soda. Â â€œItâ€™s from a little town not far from where Iâ€™m from, itâ€™s a local Illinois thing.â€ Â This was the moment Jake Odorizzi knew he was a special ballplayer. Â For all of the moments this kid has had and will have in his professional career, this might be one heâ€™ll remember his whole life.