Wasn’t it great to be able to watch some baseball yesterday?
A lazy, low-scoring, seven-inning Spring Training game was never so welcome as the A’s 2-1 defeat to the Dodgers on Sunday.
The score didn’t matter, it rarely does this time of year. What mattered was the chance to meet up with some friends – via a Zoom call – have a few beers and to talk some baseball.
A few things I noticed
Few things make us Brits laugh harder than seeing people in Arizona wrapped up in three layers of clothing and a blanket at a Spring Training game. Our friend in the state, Karl, confirmed that there was a fresh breeze in the area, although one deserving of a long-sleeve shirt rather than full-on Arctic survival gear. Maybe it was thought to be an added protection from Covid-19?!
Our laughter was tinged with jealousy at the 2,000 or so who were on-hand at Hohokam Stadium for the game. Keeping the kids in the spray-painted rectangles on the grassy bank looked a challenge, yet otherwise it seemed to be a real success.
One of the joys of Spring Training is being able to see some of the Minor League prospects and several made an impression yesterday. Buddy Reed was the stand-out, showing off his cannon of an arm from right field, but we also got to see the Shortstop Sorcerer that is Nick Allen making a couple of impressive plays in the infield and also an at-bat by our First Round draft pick from last year, Tyler Soderstrom.
Next Up …
The A’s are back at it on Monday with a game against the Cincinnati Reds. It’s another 20:05 UK time first pitch, although there is no TV coverage of the game so MLB.TV/MLB At Bat app will be the place to listen to the radio commentary.
“Great Hair” Grant Holmes will start the pitching procession, with new recruit Aramis Garcia doing the catching duties. Cody Thomas, the prospect we acquired in the Kolarek/Neuse trade with the Dodgers, makes the start in centre field, whilst Matt Chapman will be DH’ing as he eases his way back into action after hip surgery.