Saturday, March 19, 2005

Zambrano Enjoys Cold Brew

It was more of a hot Zambrano than a cold brew crew, but either way big Carlos was on fire!
Shutting out Milwaukee for 6 innings, with 9 big K's, Zambrano led the Cubs to a 4 - 2 Victory in front of a sold-out 12,759 at HoHoKam Park. Nomar, another HR (3rd this spring) went 2 for 3.

The game was on WGN Radio and TV, and proved exciting for announcers Ron Santo and Pat Hughes. Ronnie had to use his gold-glove fielding skills to snare a foul ball that flew through the window into the announcers booth, ricocheted off the wall before Santo grabbed it, and handed it out the window to a young, happy fan.

The Mesa HoHoKams had a pre-game presentation of a plaque to Bob Kennedy, Cubs GM from (1977-1981) and coach (1963-1965). Kennedy was instrumental in bringing the Cubs back to Mesa for spring training in 1979, after the team had been in Scottsdale for 12 years.
Also joining Bob on the field were his son, former major league catcher Terry Kennedy, and Anne Patterson, daughter of Dwight Patterson the father of spring training baseball in Arizona.
You'll get to know more about Bob Kennedy and Dwight Patterson in the Boys of Spring documentary.

Cubs Pitcher Mike Remlinger was sitting in the stands before the game chatting with fans, signing autographs, and generally having a blast! (See Pic) You only see this type of thing in spring training!

Not quite your usual perfect weather here today, a little cooler and overcast, but it should be noted, 3:21 MST, the sun came out for the latter part of the game. Cubs next two games on the road, I'll talk to you after Tuesday's game when the Cubs again take on the Brewers at HoHoKam Park.
Tim

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