Well it’s nice to be back in Guitar Town, the Cubs are now officially out of the race but I got to see them play twice in AT&T Park in San Francisco, it’s always nice to see the Cubs play in person. It was especially interesting to hear the boo birds in somebody else’s park – at one point SF was closing on the Rockies but the Cubs effectively knocked them out of playoff contention. Sorry Giants fans but that’s paybacks for 1989.
AT&T is a nice venue to see a ballgame from – you even get the fog for free. We flew in on Tuesday and stayed at the Grosvenor on Knob Hill. If you are planning to visit San Francisco sometime be forewarned – the “hills” have very steep inclines and it is sometimes necessary to use public transportation to go two blocks as a consequence. From our hotel we could watch the fog roll in across the bay and by night time it was misty with low visibility. In the ballpark one could see the fog roiling above the playing field and seagulls were cruising in and out of the stadium, one can only imagine the distraction that that might present to an outfielder. I saw two superb pitching performances by Ryan Dempster (who has to be considered for Player of the Month in September) and Carlos Zambrano – Z went out and whupped Lincecum and Randy Johnson came in for a spot appearance. We sat right in front of the Giants’ bullpen so it was neat seeing a future Hall of Famer get warmed up and do his thing.
I still can’t understand why Piniella is starting Bobby Scales in the outfield and benching Fox. Granted, the guy has made two errors at first base and he’s not going to win any Golden Gloves, but how is going to improve his defensive skills warming the bench? I’m wondering what Fox said to tick the Cubs manager off – perhaps Piniella sees Scales as the next super-sub in the outfield but I can’t understand why. I don’t dislike Bobby but in my opinion the Cubs have a difficult decision to make insofar as Fox and Hoffpaiur, I don’t think there will be room on the 2010 bench for both.