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Friday At Sloan Park

Nico's scorching spring start

By Tim Sheridan
Photos by John Antonoff
March 6, 2021

Things at Sloan Park on Friday when the Cubs played the Indians:

Javier Baez hit by a pitch in the forearm, he has a contusion, he was not happy. It’s not serious.

Nico Hoerner is literally on fire, I had to do a public address announcement to get the Mesa Fire Department over to him. Okay, I lied, he’s not literally on fire, but has 7 hits in 8 spring at-bats and blasted a HR against the Indians.

Craig Kimbrel, working on things.

Dillon Maples box score looks bad, Maples wasn’t, defense behind him was.

75 degrees and sunshine.

Indians media relations team sent me recordings of players saying their own names, so I would know exactly how to pronounce them. Technology is my friend!

7 inning game with rolled innings.

3,298 actual humans in the park watching.

Cubs lost 10-4, no longer undefeated. Regarding spring wins and loses, I quote Bill Murray from the film Meatballs – “It just doesn’t matter, it just doesn’t matter!”

Fun had. Starting the weekend early at the ballpark!

Javier Baez gets hit by a pitch on the right forearm
Willson Contreras hits a hard line drive single
Brennen Davis tracks down a hard hit ball
Ian Happ relaxes as he chats with media
Nico Hoerner turns a double play
Nico Hoerner launch
Nico Hoerner is congratulated by third base coach Willie Harris after hitting a home run
Anthony Rizzo
Eric Sogard infield practice on Field 2
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