Brian McFall-Guest Blogger
Hey everyone, this is Brian McFall, a teammate of Joe Dickerson with the Kansas City
Royals and the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League. Since this is my first blog, I figured I would try to let everyone out there know a little bit more about myself as well, so lets get into it.
I was born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona. I had one older sibling, my sister Heather who is 26 and one of the most prestigious 1st grade teachers in Flagstaff. Fortunately, I was blessed with two very loving and supportive parents. Bob, my dad is also from Flagstaff, he was my coach, mentor and role model growing up. Not only did I look up to my dad but he was the one who taught me about the game of baseball. If there was something wrong with my swing, my arm action, my fielding, or even my fiery attitude, it was my dad that caught it and fixed it. My mom, Karen, grew up in Michigan and moved to Flagstaff in her teenage years, I am proud to boast that she is probably my number one fan. My parents were always there for me and influenced my life greatly, which is why my mom is also the reason why I grew up probably one of the craziest Michigan Wolverine fans anybody could meet(Sorry to the Buckeye Nation out there…but c’mon…GO BLUE!!). Anyway though, family and friends do happen to be a huge part of my life. If I am not out on the baseball field you can be sure to find me at some kind of get together, I feel like making connections with all types of people is one of the greatest gifts of life.
Getting back to the sports aspect however, I played baseball at Sinagua High School in Flagstaff and then moved on to college ball at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Out of high school and into my freshman year of college I was actually more of a pitcher than a position player. Luckily, I had a good year at CGCC and made more of a name for myself as a 1st/3rd baseman and was drafted in 2003 as a 1st basemen. I was assigned to play in the Arizona League and by 2004 Spring Training I had been moved to right field. No matter where I play however, baseball has been and always will be my greatest passion. I consider it an honor to be able to do what I love as an occupation and I count my blessings everyday I wake up.
I now live in Surprise, AZ with two of my Royals teammates, Ed Lucas and Rowdy Hardy, of which the latter is also my AFL teammate. My house is located closely to Kansas City’s spring training complex which provides me and my teammates with a plethora of advantages during the off-season. It really comes in handy during the winter, being able to work out at the complex with all of its ammenities and the bearable Arizona temperatures. Arizona itself boasts an unbelievable year round climate and I would recommend to anybody making a trip out here, whether it be for the Fall League, the Cactus league or just the winter weather(don’t forget to take a quick trip up to the fabulous city of Flagstaff though). Being from Arizona though makes the Fall League that much more special for me, as I get to leave the ball park and come to my own house and be around my awesome friends and wonderful girlfriend who I am around very little during the six month season. As for my AFL goals, I am definitely here to improve many facets of my game. Most of all I would really like to work on my pitch recognition and strike zone discipline as I feel that if I can do that, I could be of help to our Major League club(believe me when some of you Royals fans out there are grimacing over a 2 strikeout performance from Brian McFall, I am right there with you, and I plan on doing all I can to limit those and become the player the Royals need me to be). The AFL is just the platform for players like myself to improve in their own areas, in my limited AFL experience I have seen loads of talented players and I consider it an honor just to be a part of the league. Using these 6 weeks is of the utmost importance to me, especially with the expanded rosters which means playing time and at-bats can not be taken for granted. Hopefully, what I can learn and take from the AFL I will be able to bring with me into the upcoming seasons and have those skills transfer into that of a Major League contributor.
Well, I guess that is probably enough from me. Hopefully I came off as a nice guy, who is a kid a heart and psyched to be playing the greatest game in the world. Thank you all for listening to me blabber, I would love to hear from anyone and everyone, and maybe I will see you out in Surprise cheering on the Rafters!!!
God Bless, Brian McFall