Guest Blogger: Jamie Romak
Hi! Jamie Romak here from sunny Scottsdale, AZ. After weeks of speculation I was finally selected to guest blog for MLB.com. Before I get started I’d like to thank the folks out here in the Fall League for letting me on here and also Jeff “Train” Sues for allowing me some space on his page.
Anyways for those interested I play the outfield and first base in the Pirates system. I was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 4th Round way back in 2003. I guess after four years there I wore out my welcome and so they shipped me over to Pittsburgh where I’m still going strong. I was just a young 17 year old Canadian boy when this baseball thing started for me and having just turned 23 I feel like a seasoned vet. Ha! My first three years in pro ball seemed like more of an Introduction to Sports Medicine then prep for the Big Leagues, but after one seriously annoying back problem and a screw in my wrist I was ready to go. Wait…One more surgery this past off season got me straight and now I’m back loving the game I learned to play with my buddies at the school yard. I’ve been telling everyone since I was little that I am a Big Leaguer and I am excited about being part of the turn around with the Pirates.
As far as living here in Scottsdale it’s been a real treat. I’m staying in a sweet gated community, in a condo with two other Pirates – Derek Hankins and Steve Lerud. We call Derek “Country” because he’s from a tiny town somewhere in Illinois and I like to give him a hard time about putting Cilantro in everything he cooks. Country pitched great for us today and Steve “Rudy” has been putting on his usual catching clinics behind the dish.
Some interesting facts about me include my Grandpa having served overseas for Canada in the War and returning to suit up for the Detroit Red Wings along side legends Gordie Howe and Red Kelly. He is an amazing man who still drives all the way to watch me play during the season. Also my sister Devon is on a soccer scholarship to Florida Atlantic University where she is leading her Owls right now at the conference tournament.
Anyways sports fans if you are in the Greater Phoenix area take advantage of your chance to catch a Scorpions game and you might get an autograph from a real life Big Leaguer like Kevin Frandsen or an up and coming fireballer like Bud “Bye You” Norris.
Thanks for your time,