Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Cubs Win, Cubs Lose

A perfect day weather wise, 66 degrees and sunny at first pitch, probably mid-70's by the 7th inning stretch. A split-squad for the Cubs- in Surprise, AZ, the Cubs shut out KC 4 - 0. At HoHoKam, they weren't so lucky, as the A's plated 2 runs in the 9th to take a 6 - 4 victory.

Another person who wasn't so lucky, was a fan sitting in the first row behind the Cubs dugout, he got nailed with a bat that flew out of A's right-fielder Matt Watson's hands. The fan ended up with a pretty good size lump on his forehead, but was not gonna leave his front row seat, and toughed it out. A half-inning later, the Hooters girls came by with a cold compress, and it must not have hurt anymore because from then on he had a smile on his face. ( By the way, with my spot in the press box behind home plate, and with my heavy duty binoculars, I have a great view of the entire ballpark.)

Carlos Zambrano started at HoHoKam, and looked great in his pitching stint. With a split-squad the Cubs got to play some of their youngsters, like Felix Pie, who came through with a hit that brought in 2 runs.

The HoHoKam crowd was small by Cubs standards- only drawing just under 7,000, because of the split-squad, and because they were playing the Oakland Athletics. The A's have never drawn well in Mesa, including back in the days in the 1970's when Rendezvous Park was their spring training home (Cubs were in Scottsdale). The A's had championship teams with Reggie Jackson, Sal Bando, etc. but couldn't come close to drawing fans like the Cubs.

Full-Squad game tomorrow as the Texas Rangers visit HoHoKam. Talk to you after the game.
Tim

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