The great wall
Micah Hoffpauir has decided to err on the side of aggressiveness when he plays right field. He’s still learning about the funky richochets, the well, and the weird hops that can happen at Wrigley.
“When there’s no ivy on it, it’s a brick wall and the ball is going to come off hard and for me, I’m going to stand back a few steps and try to play it that way,” Hoffpauir says. “Other than that, it plays pretty much like a normal ballpark other than the wind and the sun and all that stuff.”
Sure, other than the wind and the sun.
“It wasn’t too bad,” Hoffpauir said of his first games in right.
The bleacher fans have treated him OK so far.
“We’re having a good time out there,” Hoffpauir said. “As long as you don’t drop any, they’re pretty easy on you.”
* In Minor League news, Andrew Cashner should be joining Class A Daytona soon. He’s been in Arizona rehabbing from a left oblique strain. Mitch Atkins struck out six and gave up two runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings in Iowa’s 8-2 win over Round Rock. Jake Fox keeps on hitting. He belted his seventh home run, and was batting .478 with 22 RBIs in 11 games. Chris Robinson went 3-for-3 and was hitting .381.
— Carrie Muskat