Guest Post #2: Xavier Scruggs
Xavier Scruggs (@Xavier_Scruggs) was drafted by St. Louis in 2008 out of UNLV and is in the midst of his seventh professional season. He grew up in California and attended Poway High School in San Diego. The infielder spent the past two seasons with the Cardinals’ Double-A affiliate, the Springfield Cardinals, where he is the all-time career home runs leader with 59.
“A few years ago I was blogging for Scout.com and had a great time doing it,” Scruggs said. “I wrote about winter ball and my season in Springfield. When the Redbirds Media team ap
proached me about blogging, I immediately thought about how awesome it would be to give fans an inside look on a player’s thoughts and everyday experiences.”
From May 23, 2014
I’m starting to believe that the Pacific Coast League should be called the NSL, the “No Sleep League.” I’ve been trying to get adjusted to getting up around 4 a.m. to catch early morning flights to our away games. These flights are never straight; there is always a layover. It has been weird getting used to playing the same day as the flight. And I won’t lie, I hate flying! It really takes a lot out of me each time, mostly because I can’t sleep on planes.
We seem to have had our fair share of early games this year as well. I know the 11 a.m. games are for the kids but man those games hurt. I’m starting to get adjusted . I can’t complain though because the opportunity to be here is amazing. I can’t emphasize how awesome it is being able to travel to all of these different cities and play baseball. Sometimes I just can’t believe this is my job. It’s been awesome visiting Colorado Springs, Oklahoma City, Nashville, and Round Rock to name a few.
Last week some of my teammates and I got the opportunity to visit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We had an amazing tour and afterwards we signed autographs for the kids. I was absolutely blown away to hear about so many amazing things that make that hospital run, from fundraising, to the housing provided for patients, to the top-of-the-line doctors and scientist, and the people that donate and charities. I can honestly say that was such an awesome experience and I can’t wait to go back.
One of the best parts of the trip was just seeing the children’s faces light up when we said hello to them or gave them a high five. It’s almost surreal to think that I can have such an impact on someone’s day, especially someone that is struggling and fighting a serious battle. In the end, they are the ones bringing joy to my teammates and I. I feel like they encouraged me to live my life to the fullest and not take anything for granted. We are not promised tomorrow and the little battles I fight in this game of baseball are nothing compared to what they go through each and every day. Sometimes it just takes something like that to put other things into perspective.