Well it's just the Cactus League Opener, but the Northsiders beat Oakland 2-1. I got a chance to catch the game of the flagship this afternoon. It was great to hear Ronnie and Pat again. Below is a quick overview of what I heard:
THE GOOD: Aramis Ramirez was 1-2 with a HR and 2 RBi. Todd Walker started a great 4-6-3 twin killing on Mark Kotsay in the bottom of the 3rd. Cub pitchers Zambrano, Mitre, Anderson, Ohman and Wuertz held the A's to one run.
THE BAD: Before Aramis' bomb, Nomar was hit in the wrist. Patterson led of the game with a K. In the 5th inning with two outs the Cubs tried a double steal with Cedeno successfully taking second but Hairston was gunned down at the plate on the backend of the attempt.
PAT & RON MOMENTS: Early in the game Ronnie told us how good he felt about Burnitz playing RF. He added that Burnitz had lost weight and looks to be in great shape. I couldn't help but wonder how Burnitz had lost the weight.
Later in the game we found out that Pat had bought Ronnie his lunch at the ballpark. Ronnie also told us that Todd Hollandsworth has the quickest bat he has seen since Billy Williams.
THE ATTENDANCE GAME: Pat won the attendance game.
CUBS CACTUS LEAGUE RECORD: 1-0