For as much as we all like to talk and write about the various Cubs prospects spread throughout the ever-deepening farm system, it's rare that some of us get to witness them in action beyond MiLB.tv.
While the Kane County Cougars play fairly close to Chicago in Geneva, IL, the other stops are typically too far away for either fans or bloggers to justify trips (although the Sparkle Show in Des Moines might well be worth it). Still, despite some misguided opinions, we are not a money-hungry or money-making lot for the most part; this is a hobby for most of us, not a get-rich-quick scheme.
So it was that my trip to see the Daytona Cubs play was more about the stars aligning than it was about me being a baller-status blogger. But whatever status I do have was enough to earn me a press credential for the July 14th tilt between the D-Cubs and Jupiter Hammerheads at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.
Armed with my trusty iPhone and a newly-downloaded Vine app (I had initially wanted to call this post Vine Line, but then thought better of it), I settled into the press box with my index finger poised above the record button.
As luck would have it, the game turned out to be a great one. The score see-sawed back and forth for 12 innings before the D-Cubs broke it open with 5 in the 13th. Almora hit for the cycle and played great defense, Vogelbach contributed some nice hits, and Bijan Rademacher absolutely crushed a ball.
I'll get to the videos shortly, but I'd first like to share a few observations from the ballpark:
- Mariano Duncan sprays f-bombs like indiscriminate shells from a Gatling Gun.
-Albert Almora just glides; his game appears nearly effortless.
-My favorite sound on Earth is a knot from a basketball net hitting the rim box after a perfect free throw, but second is the crack of a wood bat striking a ball and third is the pop of the ball into a glove.
-Dan Vogelbach is awesome.
-A press credential and a nearly-empty ballpark are a blogger's dream.
Below are the fruits of my labor; I hope you'll find them tastier than grapes of wrath.
All things considered, this was a very entertaining night at the ballpark.
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