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More observations from Hohokam Park

Feb 27, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

Sorry I’m all photo crazy today. Just really jazzed to be where baseball is happening and I feel more like soaking it in than thinking too hard about it.  Here’s something to soak in:


Seven bucks for an Old Style? Yikes. He told me I “looked like an Old Style Man.” I politely declined. I mean, I’m not above snagging a beer while I’m at the park — it’s not like I’d take it up to the press box — but I’m not gonna start in with Old Styles three innings in to my first spring training game when I’m running a monster sleep deficit.

Something else to soak in: Yasiel Puig’s name auto-corrects on an iPhone to “Haskell Lying.”  He also hit the crap out of this ball as I was walking along the concourse:


I’m really curious to see how Puig does. He hit .330/.430/.581 with 17 homers and a 39/49 K/BB ratio in 327 at-bats at age 19 in Cuba. Many are skeptical about how he projects — and obviously me watching two whole plate appearances from him today means nothing — but he could be a lot of fun.

Random: The Cubs wear their regular season uniforms for home spring training games. I like that a lot. Dress for the job you want. Look the part be the part. More teams should do it. And yes, this is coming from a guy who wears pajamas all day, but (a) I have the job I want; and (b) wearing pajamas is looking the part for this gig.

Also fun: I spent the first few innings in a seat up high along the third base line. Right above me was a party deck with some corporate types, out for a corporate outing at the old ball park. Overheard:

P.A. Announcer: “Now batting for the Cubs, number 12, Alfonso Soriano.”

Man 1: Soriano. Why do I know that name?

Man 2: I think he used to play for the Yankees, right?

Man 1: Yeah. He’s the Yankees second baseman. Or he was. A year or two ago, I think.

Man 2: Yeah.

High beer prices, less-than-plugged-in crowds. But I don’t care a lick because I’m at a ballpark.

Now where’s that Old Style guy? If I can get him down to $5, we may be able to do some business.

  1. paperlions - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    It could have been the pajamas that made you look “like an Old Style Man”.

    Maybe try the official blogger uniform (cargo shorts, mustard stained t-shirt) next time, I’m sure every guy selling diet Mountain Dew will come your way.

    • natstowngreg - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      The pajamas, the fuzzy slippers, the bubble pipe, the portable throne, …

    • historiophiliac - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      You have that t-shirt, don’t you?

  2. El Bravo - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    You better get that guy to pay YOU 5 bucks for that garbage!

  3. indaburg - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    I don’t know if I could resist slapping those corporate guys silly. Or just correcting them, because there is nothing that corporate guys love more than to be corrected.

    Enjoy the game. :-)

    • historiophiliac - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      They particularly enjoy being corrected on sports issues by women. Too bad you’re not there to help them out/slap them.

      • Francisco (FC) - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        OTOH I’ve heard corporate guys like to be slapped around by women. You never know.

      • cur68 - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        Somebody’s been reading E.L. James again. Hey FC, you should make sure Craig’s got a copy of her book for airport reading in your Lair Posts.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:06 PM

        Who’s EL James?

      • cur68 - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        Yeah, right. Like you don’t know. You Tigers fans are transparent.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        Ok, fine, I’ll google it.

      • indaburg - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:35 PM

        You do have a point, FC.

        And I had to google E.L. James too, ‘philiac.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        What did you find? I was too lazy to do it. That’s why I asked, but you know how it is when you ask a Beaver Man for assistance…

      • indaburg - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:40 PM

        Fifty Shades of Gray. Apparently, beavermen like mommy porn.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:42 PM

        Oh, well, that makes sense.

      • indaburg - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:44 PM


    • APBA Guy - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:08 PM

      We had a corporate outing to the A’s game during the run up to the division pennant last year (god, that’s fun to write/say). I spent the whole game explaining to one of our Israeli -born engineers how baseball worked (you can’t say “is played” to an engineer.)

      He had an excuse, being born in a non-baseball playing environment and all. But those guys in AZ ought to know better about Soriano. They deserve slapping for sure.

      • indaburg - Feb 27, 2013 at 7:43 PM

        “had a corporate outing to the A’s game during the run up to the division pennant last year (god, that’s fun to write/say.” Isn’t it though? :-) I hope you guys make it again as long as it’s not at the expense of my boys.

        Foreigners absolutely get a pass, especially if they’re willing to teach me about their sports. I would love to watch and actually understand rugby or cricket.

  4. shaggylocks - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Those Soriano guys? American League fans.

  5. dcarroll73 - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Haskell Lying? Would that be Eddie Haskell? Of course if Eddie’s lips were moving, he WAS lying.
    I feel your pain being asked to over-pay for bad beer. Reminds me of the time I got napped trying to smuggle a case wrapped in a blanket into Fenway Park – hey it was COLD in April at Fenway the blanket was needed. We routinely got away with bringing in four or five cans in the huge pockets of those old surplus parkas, but one day I just pushed the limit.

  6. Jason Lukehart - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    “He told me I ‘looked like an Old Style Man.’”

    In some parts, those are fightin’ words.

  7. bjbeliever - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    I dream of getting a beer at the park for $7, last season it was $12 at the Rogers Centre.

    • jwbiii - Feb 27, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      Yikes! At that price, it’s time for the Jon Spencer/Ass Pocket of Whiskey plan.

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