I didn’t get up as early as I hoped (I’m on vacation after all), but I still got over to the Cardinals practice field around 11am. The starters had already finished their warm ups by then, but I caught some amusing batting practice by Wainwright, Lohse and Westbrook. The coach throwing BP was a total comedian, making fun of their swings and encouraging competition. When they finished, all three players signed autographs for quite a while. I didn’t get anything signed, but I was able to get some good photos.
I then watching some more batting practice. Mark McGwire and John Mabry were giving tips to Komatsu, Velez, (David) Carpenter, and others. They were quiet, so I couldn’t hear much, but it was fun to watch.
My seat today was in section 118, between third base and home. The Cardinals took on their fellow residents of Roger Dean Stadium – the Marlins. Hanley Ramirez has orange hair to show his Marlin pride.
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen and Carlos Zambrano kept the crowd amused.
Lance Lynn had the start for the Cardinals today, and he did pretty well, but he gave up a home run to pinch hitter Daniel Pertusati.
It was nice to see Chris Carpenter at the game, sitting at the end of the bench here – although it would be nicer to see him in the game.
We got the home run back with a towering shot by Beltran.
But then a throwing error led to another Marlins run, and they ended up winning the game 3-1.
We wasted a good scoring opportunity with 2 men on and David Freese at the plate with a botched double steal. Yesterday’s game was more exciting, but it was still a nice day at the ballpark.
I had a cheesesteak and an italian ice today, although the Cubs Hater hot dog sounded intriguing. Maybe tomorrow.