Sunday, March 27, 2005

The Perfect Spring Day - Almost.

It's been a funny spring weather-wise, cooler than most years I remember. Today we got back to our usual ideal conditions. Sunshine and 70 degrees at 1st pitch, mid-to-high 70's as the game progressed. Unfortunately the Cubs play didn't match mother nature's Easter gem.

Word is, Ryan Dempster will start the 3rd game in the opening season series against the D-Backs. If that's the case, his outing today doesn't give me alot of confidence. He gave up five runs on six hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings. Unlike Dempster, LaTroy Hawkins has been lights out this spring, but his 9th inning today makes me a little nervous as far as him being the closer, giving up 1 run on 2 hits before retiring the side. David Kelton did what he could today to help his cause, hitting a monster HR to left field. We all know the scores don't matter much in spring training, but the Cubs lost to the Padres today 9 - 5 in front of 12,709 fans.

In case you didn't see the game on Comcast today, Cubs Pitcher Eddie Oropesa was in the on deck circle, then went into the dugout for a while, came back without a batting helmet, stood around looking a little confused, and after a lengthy delay someone threw him a batter's helmet, and he was able to make his way to the plate. The fun didn't end with that, on the first pitch Eddie took one of the wildest flailing swings that I've ever seen, missing the ball by a mile, and then the next pitch, drills a base hit to left center. Pitchers with bats are always an adventure.

Sad news with the passing of Minnesota Twin's Public Address Announcer Bob Casey today.
He was a public address legend, having announced for the Twins since their inception in 1961, and was planning on making this his farewell season. He will be missed!

Some of the Chicago Cubs Booster Club of Central Illinois were at today's game, and sang the 7th inning stretch. Former Cub Keith Moreland (see pic below) was guest 1st base coach for the Cubs in the latter part of today's game.

Tomorrow we have our only night game of the spring at HoHoKam. Cubs host the Seattle Mariners. Talk to you after tomorrow's game. Tim

Keith Moreland, 1st base coach today!

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