Road to Opening Day: #27

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The Cubs played a couple on Monday.  In the morning B-game:

 

 

And the Cubs finally scored a win in Cactus League play with a victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Javier Baez did this:

Allegedly he didn’t even get all of that ball, and yet still launched it about 430 feet. Yeah, he was probably aided by the thin air in Arizona, but damn. Luis Valbuena also got a bat-flip in:

Of course, it is spring training, and Marco Estrada was throwing straight not-so-fastballs, so take all this with a grain of salt.  You’re still allowed to swoon though.  Even though Baez has been doing great so far, the plan remains the same despite Starlin Castro being out 7-10 days; Baez will still start the season at Iowa and this will give the Cubs time to see how he does before they call him up, probably after the Super Two date.

The Cubs also did some housekeeping, signing 19 roster players with 0-to-3 years of MLB service to contracts.  We’ll continue our countdown lineup as we inch towards Opening Day.

The View

I didn’t know the history of Wrigley Field all that well until I started reading more about it upon my permanent move to Chicago.  Wrigley Field wasn’t even called that until just before the 1927 season, and despite having been built in 1914, it wasn’t actually used in a World Series until 1929.  That was partly because the park only held about 30000 fans until the team decided to add the upper deck with its famous obstructive poles for the 1927 season.

Once you get past the obstructions like the aforementioned poles and the bottom of the second deck that sometimes obscures high fly balls, the view is spectacular.

imageVery rarely do you go through a decrepit dungeon and find yourself on the other side staring at a pristine field with lush ivy and the iconic scoreboard inviting you to another lovely day of baseball.  This is something that I look forward to every time I go to the North Side.  I like to get as close to the behind-home-plate view as I can, and of course I avoid the poles and other obstructions so I have an uninterrupted view of all the action.  This is part of the reason why I try to avoid the bleachers or the outfield seats, because I don’t like not being able to see part of the action.

Just another 27 more sleeps before I can snag some tickets for another season of great views.

 

 

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