A weekend in Pittsburgh is, well, you know what happened. Although Aramis Ramirez, the Cub RBI machine got key hits in both of the Cubs’ losses, the Cubbies found ways to lose. A lost fly ball in the sun, and a blown save opportunity for Kerry(I’ll hit em if I want to) Wood. Saturday’s night game was almost like a home game at Wrigley.


Both games were exciting, and the Pirate fans were very gracious. I might like to add some observations. The boys were actually practicing the double play during batting practice and warm ups, something I didn’t see two years ago when Dusty was managing the team and their infield was porous to say the least. Point for you Corey regarding Dusty’s managerial skills.


2nd, some of the overpriced players the cubbies have cannot even acknowledge their fans on the road. I watched the players as they were getting on the team bus, following the game. The likes of Bob Howry, Derek Lee, Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot, and Fukodome walked to the bus, without even looking at the group amassed. At least Soto, Cedeno, Ramirez, Woody, Dempster and a few others waved or acknowledged the fans to some degree. And Reed Johnson was the only one that stopped for autographs. Another interesting observation. All the players were dressed in suits, but the management, led by Lou the slob Piniella were dressed as if they slept in their clothes. A t-shirt for Lou, and casual clothes for Jim Hendry. Speaking of Hendry, he was another one that totally ignored the fans. Considering the loyalty of the fans which has offered him an opportunity to spend money like a drunken Yankee gm, I found that a tad “small” on his part.

Soriano’s dropped fly in the sun was actually a tough play. He should have caught it, but the sky was very bright, with few clouds. Ted Lilly had trouble throwing the ball over 82-83. He got it over 85 maybe 2-3 times. I don’t know his history well enough to know if this is an issue or not. Speed isn’t the only thing, but he looked very hittable, even though he was throwing strikes, including his big curve ball.

Well, that’s it from Pittsburgh, and I must admit, it’s a great place to watch a ballgame.

One Response

  1. How were your seats? After watching the dropped fly ball I was wondering how bright it was in person.

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