White Out & Line Ups

Total White Out Blizzard Conditions here in Minnesota. Forecast is for 4-8″ by the end of the day. Currently coming down about 1 inch/hour.

Meanwhile, out where it is Spring . . . I noticed that on 2/22/09 MLB reported that Lou was leaning towards a lineup of: “Alfonso Soriano, Aaron Miles, Derrek Lee, MIlton Bradley, Aramis Ramirez, Kosuke Fukudome, Geovany Soto and Ryan Theriot” [plus the pitcher of course]. So, I’m wondering, in what percentage of games do you think he will use this particular starting lineup? I’m guessing “less than 20%” . . . and will check back periodically throughout the season on the results.

Time to go enjoy watching the snow fall!

Spring Training Begins!

Wow! That snuck up on me. Didn’t even realize the first game was today. But the Cubbies won. Hoffpauir impressed everyone with a Grand Slam. Though it came to him as a designated hitter, even though they were playing the Dodgers. Slippery slope in my opinion. But at least they won. So it begins.

On the Twins front bad news about Boof Bonser–out for the season with shoulder surgery . . . but the team beat the Red Sox . . . Yeah!

Of course none of this means anything, but it’s always good to start off on a positive note.

Now just remember to PACE YOURSELVES BOYS!

Reporting for Spring Training

Okay, so last year I avoided writing much about baseball because I was afraid of jinxing the Cubbies during their “magic 100th year”. So much for that.

My initial thoughts as the players begin to report for Spring Training?

  • Milton Bradley is not Cubbie material. When will they get back to putting together a TEAM instead of a bunch of numbers?
  • Joe Crede as a Twin is a great idea. Hope it happens.
  • Today’s headline “Cubs manager Piniella has been mulling a change to lineup” Gee, wasn’t that his plan for every game last year? Guess he didn’t learn anything from all those coaching books he said he was reading in the off-season

Well that’s enough warmup swings for the first workout of the season. 🙂

Summer Eating & The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Now that Memorial Day has ushered in the unofficial summer season, I’ve added a few summer recipes to the collection. My Minnesota garden contains more rhubarb than I know what to do with, but I love Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and have included my recipe here. Summer also means Egg Salad Sandwiches, which reminded me to write up instructions for how to cook soft- and hard-cooked eggs.

Yesterday was the Indianapolis 500 (aka The Greatest Spectacle in Racing) or “an intimate gathering with half a million of your closest friends” as I like to call it. I miss not being in Indiana during the month of May–practice, time trials, qualifying, race day. This year’s field was filled with too many rookies, newcomers, and idiots, many of whom had difficulty turning corners and entering/exiting pit row. Danica was knocked out by one such knucklehead. Not the most exciting Indy 500 ever raced, but not the most boring either.

My Cubbies are holding on to first place in their division, but just barely. Lou keeps making excuses for Soriano’s miserable outfield performance. Easier to listen to when he is on a hitting streak, but when he’s not it’s more annoying than all the other annoying things Lou says . . .

Oh well, he tried . . .

My boy Matty Murton is back down in the minors. Unfortunately for him, everybody else had really hot bats while he was up, so he didn’t get to play much (8 games, 14 at bats, 2 runs, 3 hits, 4 rbi, .214 AVG, .267 OBP). So Soriano comes back and Matty goes back to Iowa.

The good news is that the Cubbies are still in first place in the division (though just barely in front of the Cardinals).

So, time to get back to the recipes I promised . . .

And by the way “HAPPY MAY DAY!!!”