For months now, Dodger minor leaguer Brian Akin has been delighting us with his Dear (Tommy) John Letters blog. Sadly, Akin now passes along word that the Dodgers have released him.
... Considering all of the factors, I can't say that I am all that surprised by the decision. Unfortunately it doesn't make it any easier. The most difficult part of the situation is the fact that my arm feels great. I only threw twice this spring, but I pitched well in both outings. For the first time since 2007, I felt like I was in control of the game. You know when you're playing Monopoly and everyone decides to quit right when you get that hotel on Boardwalk? That's kind of what this feels like.
There is one very big positive that comes with my new found unemployment. I get to be home with my wife. If my playing days are indeed over, I'll really miss baseball - but I'm excited about missing baseball from home rather than missing my wife from the road.
Though I know it's disappointing, I can add one other positive. Based on his writing, I'd say that Akin has a bright future in whatever he does. Brian, somehow I'm thinking your cup is half-full.