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Open Thread: Cubs vs. Angels at Mesa, Friday 3/2, 2:05 CT

Courtesy of Bruce Miles, here's today's lineup:

Soriano, CF
Izturis, SS
Lee, 1B
Ramirez, 3B
Murton, LF
DeRosa, 2B
Blanco, C
Pagan, RF
Zambrano, P

Ugh. Not quite as nice as yesterday's. I hope Izturis strikes out twice, maybe that'll show Lou that he shouldn't bat second.

Z will face Joe Saunders, who is exactly fifteen days younger than he is. Saunders has made fifteen ML starts, Z 146, which is only one way of showing you how accomplished Z is at not-quite-26 years old.

No radio or TV for today's game (unless it's on MLB Audio or XM, which I don't have).

Finally, many of you may be too young to remember this name -- Jack Jacobson -- but I sure do. He was a producer, director and later program manager at WGN-TV in the 1950's and 1960's. Jacobson died last week at age 84. Among other things, he was responsible for discovering that the CF camera angle was the best for showing the pitcher and batter -- and it's a WGN innovation, discovered at a very unusual place:

It was for a game at Thillens Stadium on Devon Avenue that WGN first used the center-field shot, a view from behind the pitcher and toward the catcher and batter that became a staple of baseball telecasts. [Longtime WGN-TV producer Jack] Rosenberg said a large crew at WGN, including Mr. Jacobson, deserves credit for that innovation.

Discuss amongst yourselves.