Sunday, April 15, 2007

04/15 - Wearing Jackie's Number A Nice Touch...

...but emulating his baserunning would have been better.

Cubs down 1-0, and Soriano starts the bottom of the sixth with a lead-off double. Theriot is up next and smacks a single up the middle. Ryan Freel, a converted infielder with a not-so-great arm, is playing center field for the Reds. So if you have one of your fastest runners on second base in a close game, wouldn't you send him home on a hit? I would. But the Cubs didn't so Soriano is on third, Theriot is on first and I'm muttering to myself.

But then the genius of the Cubs baserunning strategy hits me. It's Jackie Robinson day and Soriano is one of the Cubs wearing #42. So maybe, just maybe, he's going to take this to the next level. Wouldn't it be cool if he decided to make the ultimate tribute to Jackie by trying to steal home?

Alas, 'twas not to be. Jones and Lee strike out, and Barret flies out to right. Inning over with Soriano stranded on third. Cubs lose 1-0.

Not much came out during BP, thanks to a strong North wind. MLB had said they were going to use special commerative balls during the game, so after the first inning, I went around and played roof ball. Got one from David Ross of the Reds, but no special markings - just a regular MLB ball. Found out later that another ballhawk, Rich, also got a roof ball, but his was normal too. Late in a game, Barrett hit a long foul ball that made it out of the park, and that too was just a normal ball. So I'm thinking that once again, Bud was blowing smoke...

Out of the Ballpark Totals:
Sunday, April 15 : BP-1 [W-0,S-1], HR-0, Foul-1 [W-1,S-0], Roof-2 [A-2, C-0]
Season: BP-11 [W-6,S-5], HR-0, Foul-1 [W-1,S-0], Roof-4 [A-2,C-2]

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