No batting practice - day game after a night game usually has that effect on teams. A shame too because there were some nice southerly breezes. Cubs got whupped 12-4 with lots of late-inning booing, so the overall mood around the ballpark wasn't the greatest. A grand time was had by at least two people though - Cardinal shortstop Edgar Renteria and Ballhawk left-fielder Dave. Edgar hit a grand slam and Dave caught it. Jim Edmonds also launched one out of the park, this one over on Sheffield but since none of us went over for it, chalk up another one for the passer-bys.
As for me, my high points of the day came way before game time. Back in May I snagged a Pujols home run on the ESPN Sunday night game so today I got to the park early and camped out by the front gate, Albert's usual entry point. Sure enough, after awhile, he gets out of a cab and walks slowly towards the gate, still hobbling a bit from a pulled hamstring. He was on the phone, but took the time to sign the ball - very cool.
I also had a Roger Cedeno bat with me that I picked up (surprisingly enough) at the Cubs end-of-the-season yard sale a few years ago. Seeing as how Roger had been ejected from last-night's game for breaking a bat after disputing a strike call and was probably facing a suspension for the ensuing (and very colorful) discussion with the umpire, I wasn't quite sure if he would be in the mood for signing anything, let alone a bat.
But when he arrived, he was as nice as can be. He saw right away it wasn't one of his current bats and after taking a half-swing with it, he told me it was from 1999. It was kinda neat - he just sort of looked at it longingly for awhile before signing. Now he's never been a slugger (only 38 career homers) but he did hit .313 and steal 66 bases in 1999, so perhaps he was reliving some of those moments from his best year. Good mood must have stayed with him through the game because he had a pinch-hit single in the 6th inning, but proof positive that we're all not as young as we think we are, he was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double.
Wednesday, June 9: No BP, Roof-0, Foul-0, HR-2 [W-1,S-1]
Season: BP-375 [W-245,S-130], Roof-12 [A-10,C-2], Foul-3 [W-1,S-2], HR-31 [W-28,S-3]