It seems like every day, we’re in a new place, as this is really March Madness. But today, we return to Phoenix Municipal Stadium for our first game of the Cactus League against the White Sox, with whom we’ll share the new Glendale complex.
We don’t head for the park until 11:30 because the A’s are still moving out of their clubhouse just before we move in. I know I gave a lot of credit to Scott Akasaki for all his hard work in getting us everywhere we have to go this spring, but the amazing thing is that our equipment has been there every step of the way and for that, we must thank Mitch Poole, Jerry Turner, Alex Torres and Jose Castillo. They all work extremely hard, as do the various bat boys/clubhouse helpers that they have working with them and rarely do they get credit for it.
The news yesterday on Nomar, which you’ve probably already read, is that he has a microfracture in a small bone in his wrist. According to Stan Conte, that’s essentially a bone bruise that will hopefully heal rather quickly, but only time will tell. As Ned said yesterday, Blake DeWitt and Tony Abreu suddenly find themselves with an amazing opportunity and we’ll see if they’re able to take advantage of it.
Finally, how cool is this? For the Coliseum game, you can bid online to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, be an honorary bat kid, have a child call out "Play Ball," or other cool once-in-a-lifetime experiences. As of right now, it’s not off-the-charts expensive, either, so check out the bidding here…
I’ll update this post when I see a lineup at the yard.