Guest Blogger: Steve Lerud

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Hey everyone! Steve Lerud here from sunny Arizona.  I’m down here for these eight weeks representing the Pittsburgh Pirates playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions.  Our team is made up of players from the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Houston Astros, and San Francisco Giants.  I’m very excited to get this opportunity and look forward for what it has in store for all of us.  This is my first “blog” ever so bear with me…

I was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and still reside there in the off-season.  I don’t get to spend a whole lot of time there anymore but I’ll always consider it home.  I always loved baseball growing up and was a huge Matt Williams fan which in turn made me a San Francisco Giants fan.  Coming out of high school I was fortunate enough to get drafted in the 3rd round of the 2003 draft by Pittsburgh. Since then I’ve had my share of stints on the DL and personal issues that I couldn’t control.  I strongly believe that all of the adversity I’ve faced so far has made me a better player and person.  I finally made it through a full season with no set-backs and finished up in AA Altoona, PA. Enough about me now let’s get back to the Fall League.

We’ve been here for two weeks now and just finished up our first week of games.  The first few days our clubhouse was very quiet and all of the different teams hung around eachother.  Now that games have started everyone is getting to know eachother better which makes things much more laid back. The level of competition is definitely a step up from what a lot of us are used to.  Some of the best young players in the minor leagues are out here and it makes for some very fun games.  Every player on the field has the ability to change the game in some way.  The speed of the game picks up at every level and the Fall League is definitely no exception.  In my opinion, being around all this talent everyday makes everyone on the field better.  Our team has a lot of guys who have been in the big leagues and it’s really interesting to listen to what they have to say about what it takes to stick there.  We struggled a little in our first few games this week going 1-4.  We’re looking forward to turning things around this next week as we continue to gel as a team.  I want to thank MLB.com for asking me to share my experiences so far here in Arizona.  I hope it gave everyone a little more insight into the AFL. Thanks for reading…

All my best,

Steve Lerud

 

 

 

4 Comments

Hey Steve! Congrats on your great start in the AFL last week and Happy Birthday!!! I am your cousin from Wisconsin, Randy Wick and I have been following your career for quite a while now. I am sure you will have a great experience in the fall league, I got to watch a couple of games there last year @ surprise while I was there visiting my daughter, sarah. I’m hoping that she will come to watch you this fall also. If you get a chance, drop me an E. Good luck this fall!! Randy

That was a great read Steve. Good luck in the AFL, and I hope to see you in Pittsburgh soon.
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Steve will be the next star catcher for the Pirates !

I saw Steve Lerud play out here in Arizona too!! HE is also SOOO HOTT!!! He has the nicest butt playing catcher! He is awesome!! I want your autograph and I am your number one fan too!!

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