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Ran into David, who took many of the great bleacher construction photos you saw here all winter, and his dad, at Monday night's game. They had seats in the "bleacher boxes", the new "premium" bleacher seats that cost 50% more than the ones we sit in.

As it turned out, David's seat had a bit of an obstructed view. Let him explain:

It may look bad, but it's not as bad as you may think. Section 318 Row 2 Seat 112. Maybe others would have been upset sitting there, but I was able to follow the game and keep score. My dad sat in seat 111, and his view was completely clear. Only the last seat (seat 112) is affected by the foul pole.

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Other notes today:

Did you know the reason the Cubs are doing so poorly against lefties is that they don't have a left-handed BP pitcher? Greg Couch writes:

... if this lefty batting-practice thing is really an issue, then why don't the Cubs just go find someone? How hard can that be?

"It's hard to find someone who's off work, who doesn't have to work during the day," [Dusty] Baker said. "If we played night games, maybe they could come over after work."

It's always something with the Cubs, isn't it? The day games at Wrigley are making it hard to find a left-handed batting-practice pitcher.

Mmmmmm.... kay. The way Jacque Jones is hitting against lefties (1-for-18, 5 strikeouts), I think the BP pitchers could get him out. How about actually starting guys who hit lefthanded pitching?

Couch adds, "Baker is sure to be clobbered for this today." Um... yep.

Jeff Passan, a Yahoo columnist, wrote about the first month of the season, with predictions for the upcoming month including this one:

1) Barry Bonds hits his 714th homer May 11 against the Cubs.

Hope not.