The Cardinals have a big series starting tonight against the Cubs. Good thing they have been playing better of late, going 7-2 since starting the season by getting swept by the Pirates. I cannot say that the Pittsburgh sweep was a surprise. Having seen the Cardinals in spring training the week before, it did not look like they were prepared to start the season. A lot of the starters either did not play, or looked like they were just going through the motions. Pittsburgh served as a good wake up call.
I have never been to Pittsburgh to see a game, but I would love to go. I hear the ballpark is beautiful. I did see their Triple A team the Indianapolis Indians play 2 years ago. They play at Victory Field in downtown Indy. Like its Major League counterpart, Victory Field is very nice. The concourse has many pictures of past players including Andrew McCutchen, Randy Johnson, and Larry Walker.
The family and I made another trip to Indy on Saturday to watch the Baby Buccos take on the Columbus Clippers, Cleveland's Triple A team. Each Saturday is Signature Saturday with various people signing free autographs. This past Saturday was team autograph night. Tables were set up along the concourse with 2 players or coaches at each table signing for 45 minutes. This is a great setup for fans, as the tables are labeled with each signer. Each person is allowed to get 1 auto, but you can get back in a line if you choose to. It was not hard to get through each table , although some had longer lines than others. I had a few cards from a Sportlots order to get signed along with some from 2 Pirate fans from the Trading Bases group.
Butch Wynegar is the hitting coach for the Indians. He did not have a long line and was very talkative.
Willy Garcia has a cannon for an arm with some power potential. His auto leaves a little to be desired, although he was nice.
We got a total of 35 autographs for our 45 minutes of work. Our seats were in the front row by the Clippers bullpen. My daughter got a ball from a relief pitcher after he finished warming up. My son caught a foam ball that was thrown out in between innings that included a $5 Subway card. Nice little prize for him.
The game was not overly exciting. The Clippers won 2-1 with a home run in the top of the ninth. Pirates #1 prospect Tyler Glasnow started the game and struck out 9 in five innings. He looks to be a stud with a short stay in Indy this year before he gets called up.
One last thing that made me a proud dad: