Friday, July 19, 2002
July 19, 2002 - That's right guys the Rascals released me yesterday before the game. One thing I can say about this summer is that I am learning some very valuable "life" lessons.
I don't think I was ever going to get a chance to start everyday for the Rascals from day one. Neil [the manager] just didn't see me in that sort of roll. I don't understand how you can label someone like that when clearly I'm an outstanding Centerfielder not to mention I batted around .300 for nearly the whole season.
So what am I going to do now? Well as soon as I got in the Jeep yesterday after getting released I called the Manager for the Gateway Grizzlies [in East St. Louis] and he promptly invited me to work out with the Grizzlies today before their game. Even though the Grizzlies are currently at the max limit of players  Rich [the manager] said "we'll work something out with you Mark." Luckily the few games I did get to play with the Rascals most of my starts were against the Grizzlies. So Rich knows what I'm going to bring to the field everyday.
Well I'm off to go shopping for Shannon's anniversary present. Our 1 year anniversary will be this Sunday, July 21st I'll keep everyone updated.
You're Slugger, Mark