Friday, March 25, 2005

Zambrano Shows Power with the Bat.

A true spring training day at the ballpark with some of the player's kids having fun on the field before the game. Dusty's little guy was helping out with some of the bat boy duties. Newest Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg (see pic below) looked like he was having fun showing off his fielding skills while taking a little infield before the game.

I had a pre-game visit from Matt Sheppo, aka Shepps, from Shepps and girlfriend Amber came out from LA to take in a couple Cubbies games. You can listen to an interview I did about Cubs spring training, and the Boys of Spring documentary by going to Cubs new broadcaster Bob Brenly spent the day at the ballpark preparing for their next TV broadcast this coming Sunday.

As far as the game, the Angels beat the Cubs 6 - 4. Angels are a team with loads of talent.
Carlos Zambrano pitched pretty well (5 innings 3 ER), and showed his power with the bat, belting a solo HR in the 3rd. Derrek Lee also went yard with a long HR to right center. The fun tradition of throwing the opponent's HR ball back out onto the field lives at HoHoKam, as Darin Erstad's HR was chucked back.

Kerry Wood looked good throwing a simulated game at the back practice field. Looks like he's coming around, but with both him at Prior, it's day by day.

Another sell-out crowd, 12,740. Looks like we're on track to break last year's all time record. Gotta give it to the Cubs fans, nobody's more dedicated. Another partly sunny and cool day by Arizona spring training standards, mid to high 60's, but decidedly better than watching a game outdoors in Chicago today.

Cubs are in Tucson tomorrow playing the Rockies (game is on WGN Radio). Sunday back at HoHoKam for our first look at the San Diego Padres at home. (WGN Radio & ComCast Sports Net Chicago TV) Talk to you then,

Ryno at the ready, this morning!


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