We just arrived at the team hotel in Beijing after an 18-hour flight from Orlando. I spent the flight talking with some of the younger guys and listening to music and playing video games -? Bass Pro Fishing Tournament is my favorite. But now we?re really here in China and I?m excited.
I grew up on Curacao, a little island in the Caribbean, and you never think you?ll get to go to the other side of the world. That?s why I?ve always enjoyed traveling. So, when the Dodgers asked if I wanted to be part of the first Major League Baseball series in China, right away I said I wanted to go. I love to experience different cultures. I?ve been to Japan, I?ve been to Holland and Bora Bora, but never China. I don?t know very much about China. I know it?s a big country with a lot of people and a unique, amazing culture. I know about the Great Wall.
I don?t do a lot of research when I go somewhere new. I just like to go and experience life in different places without any ideas about what it?s going to be like. I might just go walk around or take a train or get in a cab and just drive around and see the people and the buildings and the scenery. I won?t get to do that on this trip as much as I?d like, because we have a real tight schedule, but that?s okay, I?ll make time to do some sightseeing. I brought a camera and this time I?m going to take some pictures. I?ve been to Japan three times and I might have taken a half-dozen pictures.
And I?ve got to get some real Chinese food. I love Chinese food back home, but I think it?s going to be way different in China. I remember the sushi in Japan was so different than American sushi. Those are the kinds of things I love about traveling. Some of the veteran players didn?t want to come, but I think this is one of the great things about being a Major League ballplayer, getting opportunities like this. If you?re not trying to make the team, it?s an honor to be part of this. And we?ll still have 10 days once we get back to get ready for Opening Day.
Tomorrow, we have a workout at the stadium, then a little sightseeing and then a dinner reception. I?ll be back tomorrow with more.