I thought I was going to get arrested by a Mesa Police officer outside
Hohokam Park today before the game. I had decided to give someone my
two season ticket seats in the shade (and shade was at a premium- today
was HOT – yes ‘dry heat’ I know but so is an oven!)So I spot a guy with
his small kid standing in line for tickets, and asked if he’d like two
seats in the shade face value.(I buy my own tickets like everyone else)
He immediately jumped at the chance but we were stopped by a shouting
security officer and Mesa policewoman. “You can’t scalp here!” “I’m not
scalping, I’m just trying to give them away for face value” I said.
They made us leave the premises to the sidewalk along Center Street,
apparently that is a legal place to sell tickets not around the
stadium. I’m just glad I was able to walk into Hohokam a free man.
I’m not going to say much about the game today because the Cubs were playing a Seattle split-squad team that didn’t have their top players. The Cubs took
advantage by scoring 9 runs while giving up 3. Cliff Floyd’s first at
bat as a Cub at Hohokam was memorable, pounding a 3 run line drive
homer to right field.Aramis Ramiriz also had a homerun. Alfonso Soriano was 3 for 3 with 2 runs scored and a stolen base, and looked comfortable in Centerfield. Ted Lilly started for the first time at Hohokam and pitched 3 and 2/3rds innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits. Cubs Pitchers Eyre, Marmol, Walrond, and Ohman each pitched 1 inning of shut out ball. Bob Howry gave up the other run. It was another sellout – 12,771.
I pride myself on being as accurate as possible when it comes to
pronouncing players names, etc. That’s why I always go before the game
to the visiting team’s media relations person and ask for
pronunciations I am unsure of, and for any minor-leaguers that may see playing time so I am not surprised during the game. Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima was one of the players I asked about today. The Mariners media guy told me “JOE-JAH-MA” and after I announced it this way a few times, a Cubs Media relations person came in, handing me a note that said “JOE-JEE-MA”
The Mariner’s half of the 3rd ended with Bryan LaHair being thrown out trying to steal at 2nd base. However, over the inside of the press box speaker, it was said
that Adam Jones ended the inning striking out, and not a throw out at 2nd
base. So, I announced the end of the side that way. I rely on them
because they are the last word on scoring. Well the last word changed
their mind at the beginning of the 4th inning saying that yes, indeed it was a caught stealing at 2nd base. This had already become obvious to me when Adam Jones came up to the plate again to lead off the 4th.
the way things go sometimes, I just feel lucky as hell to be doing the
P.A. for the Cubs at Hohokam. And speaking of Luck, the Irish kind, I
hope to see you at Hohokam on Saturday! I am going to bring in a
vintage Irish ditty or two and maybe some U2 to play at the stadium to
celebrate the Irish heritage. I kid you not, if you look up in a name
origin book, Sheridan is an Irish nickname for wild man. Knowing my dad
and Uncles, this was also obvious to me.