In ten days or so, our family of four will be packing up and heading to Montana for three months. Jeff is the pitching coach for the Missoula Osprey, and their season begins on June 16th.
As a baseball family, this is considered normal. But as I started getting questions from those around us, I realized this isn’t normal for most families. So I thought I would answer some of the questions I have been getting most frequently.
Here they are, in no particular order:
I thought Jeff coached for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
He coaches for the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball organization.
The Diamondbacks actually have 9 teams. One major league team and 8 minor league teams. The last three years he has coached for the Arizona League Diamondbacks, a team that plays all of their games in Phoenix.
- Arizona Diamondbacks (Major Leauges)
- Reno Aces (AAA)
- Mobile Baybears (AA)
- Visalia Rawhide (Advanced-A)
- South Bend Silver Hawks (A)
- Hillsboro Hops (Short Season A)
- Missoula Osprey (Advanced Rookie)
- Arizona League Diamondbacks (Rookie)
- Dominican Summer League Diamondbacks (Rookie)
Does Jeff eventually want to coach in the pros?
Technically he is already coaching in the pros (Pro = players are paid to play). I think what you mean is major leagues, and yes that is the ultimate goal.
Do professional baseball coaches make millions of dollars?
Are you excited to move?
Yes! We are excited for a new adventure and a new challenge. Jeff is a good baseball coach, and an even better developer of young men.
Where will you live?
We are renting a one bedroom apartment on the first floor of a house.
Are you moving to Montana forever?
No. Just for three months, then we will be back in Phoenix.
Will you keep your rental home in Phoenix?
Yes. It doesn’t make sense to move out for three months then have to find a new place when we get back.
What is the weather like in Missoula?
In June, the average high is 74 with a low of 48. To say I am excited about our summer weather would be an understatement.
Do you even like baseball?
Thankfully I LOVE baseball. I would hate to think of how this all would go if I didn’t.
What about school?
School starts July 13th, and our baseball season isn’t over until September 4th. At this time, we believe being together as a family is more important than being here for the start of school.
In fact, since we will probably be moving around every year for 3-6 months at a time, we are going to give homeschooling a try. Yes, I am excited about it. No, you don’t need to tell me “good luck” in your most sarcastic voice when we talk about it.
Will you keep blogging this summer?
Our internet is going to be spotty, so I will have to see. I’m not going to stress about it. I will however be taking zillions of photos (sorry in advance), so you can always keep up with me on Instagram.
How’s the packing going?
Won’t you miss your friends in Phoenix?
Are you good at keeping in touch?
No, I suck at it so please reach out to me often.
I am equal parts excited, nervous, overwhelmed, and giddy about this move. If you have any other questions, please ask!