On another fantastic sunny Arizona day, the Cubs’ effort fell short, losing to the Texas Rangers 6 – 5.Being a weekday game, and with the World Baseball Classic going on, only 7,313 fans made it out to HoHoKam.I say ‘only’ because that’s small by Cub’s standards (for the Brewers in Maryvale that’d be a helluva crowd).
Notable Cubs Performances: Greg Maddux got the start, had some control issues the first inning- walking 3 and loading the bases- but was able to get out of it without giving up a run.In the second inning he settled down and put ‘em down (Rangers) 1-2-3, and was done for the day.Ryan Dempster and Scott Eyre each pitched scoreless innings, although Dempster gave up a hit, and walked a batter.Juan Pierre has tried to bunt for a base hit numerous times this spring, including today’s unsuccessful effort – but that’s what spring training is all about. Hopefully when the regular season arrives, the bunts on the plush infield at Wrigley will be base hits.John Mabry hit a two-run double.Michael Restovich and Angel Pagan are showing that the Cubs may have some good depth in the outfield with Pagan’s speed and Restovich’s power.Restovich hit a HR today while Pagan was 2 for 2 with a double and a run scored.Corey Patterson’s brother Eric, who played mostly for single-A Peoria last season, got a chance to play at 2nd base today, and hit a double in the 8th inning.
I announced one of our ceremonial first pitches, a spry young fella of 103 years. That’s right, 103 years young – still drives his own car, walked out onto the field, and chucked the baseball.It felt strange to follow that by announcing a moment of silence in honor of Kirby Puckett, who passed away just short of his 46th birthday.I guess it just kind of makes you wonder about things. Like how much of a role lifestyle and genetics play in one’s longevity.One thing I know, I don’t recall seeing too many overweight centenarians.
Two things coming up for Cubs Fans in Arizona:The Cubs wives are holding their annual food drive and memorabilia auction at HoHoKam Stadium on Saturday, March 11th when the Cubs play the KC Royals.The food drive and auction will benefit Mesa‘s Paz De Christo Community Center.
The Chicago Cubs FanFest is Monday, March 13th from at the Mesa Amphitheater, located on the SE Corner of Center and University. (Just a mile south of HoHokam) There will be plenty of Chicago style food, games, and music.There will also be a free raffle to win autographed Cubs memorabilia.In addition, this is your chance to ask that question that’s been on your mind during the popular Q&A session with Cubs manager Dusty Baker, GM Jim Hendry, and about a half dozen Cubs players.Best of all, admission is FREE.