Taking on the Birds
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Swish, CF; OC, SS; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Quentin, LF; Crede, 3B; Uribe, 2B; Contreras pitching.
I had no idea on the way into the office yesterday morning that Jim Thome would be watching the game with me later that day.
Thome was fined and suspended for a game by MLB. Suspended players can work out but then need to clear the clubhouse, dugout and field for the game. They can watch the game from the stands, so Jim took a seat next to us in a suite for yesterday’s game.
“This angle is tough on fly balls,” he noted immediately. (You do really have to watch the fielders and not the ball to tell depth.)
We explained that the game was much, much easier upstairs than downstairs.
Mr. Thome was also impressed by the food options.
“You can eat your way through the game just on nervous energy,” he laughed.
Midway through the game, Jim decided to visit his suite. He’s had a suite for friends and family since joining the Sox, but had never visited it.
“I might as well sit in it for awhile.”
Imagine the look on the faces of fans yesterday as Jim Thome strode by on the way to his suite.
Orlando Cabrera mentioned yesterday that this is likely the longest he has ever played in cold weather …
ND vs. NIU
Northern Illinois and Notre Dame’s baseball teams take the field at U.S. Cellular Field tonight with proceeds from the game benefitting the NIU Scholarship Fund. Tickets are available at the door for $10, parking is free. It’s a great night — finally — for a ballgame.