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.