SARASOTA, Fla. – It’s been a long, hard road to big league camp for Tim Alderson. And, that’s just this week.
Alderson, a 25-year-old former first-round pick of the San Francisco Giants, was planning to report to his first major league spring training camp on time. But, weather intervened.
The snow that blanketed Baltimore this week was the culprit, but Alderson lives in Phoenix and his flight to Tampa was canceled because the plane he was going to take was stuck in Charlotte.
“I was sitting there. It was 90 degrees, and I was trying to get through Charlotte, and it was all closed down,” Alderson said.
He went home, relaxed for a day and tried again on Friday and made it through Texas instead.
“It was quite the journey,” Alderson said. “It was a long day yesterday, lots of movies and hanging out.”
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As a non-roster pitcher, Alderson wants to make a good impression.
“It was difficult, knowing that everyone is out there competing. It’s tough sitting at home. It’s one of those things I can’t control, so I’m not going to worry about it,” Alderson said.
Alderson has been in the Giants and Pirates organization. He was traded to the Orioles organization last summer and spent part of last season with Norfolk, going 1-2 with a 6.27 ERA in 15 games.
But, the Orioles wanted him back and he re-signed in November.
“It just seemed like a really good fit. I meshed well with other people and the staff. They seemed to take me in and sounded like they wanted me to come back pretty bad,” Alderson said.
“I got it taken care of early in the offseason so that I didn’t have to worry about anything, so that was a big weight taken off my shoulder, so I could focus and know where I was going to be.”