The Chicago Cubs Are On The Air!

There's not much that can be said about today's rather dull, one-sided Cubs 6-2 loss to the Angels, so let's go down a quick list of "Good" and "Bad".

Good:

  • Kerry Wood threw 95, had no health problems, and except for the pitch that Torii Hunter slammed for a three-run HR, hit his spots. I'm guessing the coaches were pleased.
  • Matt Murton had three hits -- increasing, it is presumed, his trade value
  • Jake Fox hit a two-run HR -- increasing, it is presumed, his trade value
  • Carmen Pignatiello and Tim Lahey both threw well in relief
Bad:
  • Jason Marquis looked ... well, not so good. He didn't appear to have good command
  • Felix Pie went 0-for-3 in the leadoff spot
  • Bob Howry wasn't as sharp as he could have been
It did appear, though, that the sellout crowd at Tempe Diablo Stadium of 8,808 was enjoying the terrific, sunny and unseasonably warm weather. And I can guarantee you that, despite the result and the fact that very few Cub regulars were playing today, it was nice to see live baseball on TV again. Bruce Miles appeared briefly to discuss the ballclub, and though I have already emailed him to say so, I also wanted to express publicly my condolences to Bruce, whose dad passed away earlier this week.

I was also interested in hearing the brief interview with Geovany Soto, whose English is absolutely flawless, and who exuded a real air of confidence (at least from what could be seen on TV) that he can and will get the job done as starting catcher this season.

Tomorrow, we'll see more of what we'll really be looking at during 2008, as I expect most of the regular starting lineup will be playing in the televised game from Mesa vs. the Giants.

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