Friday, April 10, 2009

Smokies stumble out of the gate

The Tennessee Smokies, the Cubs' AA minor league team, has their home field about 10 miles from my house. I was very excited a few months ago to learn that Ryne Sandberg was their new coach.

This last Tuesday was supposed to be their preseason exhibition game. Generally they play a local college for a 7 inning game. Loosens the players up and give the fans a quick look see.

The weather forecast was grim. They even called off my daughter's school. They didn't play.

That means I didn't attend to get this signed...

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces, Ryne Sandberg (card #19)

There will be more games this season. I intend to get it signed by year's end.

The Smokies started their season off with a loss at Jacksonville, where the Suns beat them 7-4. They return to Tennessee for a stand against the Birmingham Barons starting on April 15th.

As I look at this post's title, I wonder why I (and many others) mix sports metaphors.

Out of the gate is a horse racing term. As you watch or listen to baseball this season, keep your ears tuned to different sports-isms. You will hear them.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, it's awesome that Ryno is managing the Smokies this year - I'll bet that he'll get far more autograph requests than any of the players. I'll have to check the Carolina Mudcats schedule to see when he and his team will be in town.