2/19 Off and running

Cubs manager Mike Quade put the team right to work on Saturday, the first full squad workout day at Fitch Park. One of the items on the agenda was bunt drills, and Quade was acting as the base runner, breaking from second base, as the infielders worked on positioning and signals. It also was good to see Carlos Pena tutoring Tyler Colvin at first. Colvin isn’t afraid to ask questions, and Pena, who won a Gold Glove in 2008, is offering advice. High winds made it a little tricky, creating mini dust storms on the infields.

– Carrie Muskat

4 Comments

First, forgive me this off topic comment. Second, can you help me with a poser? I saw my first major league game in Milwaukee as a squirt. For years I have told of this event and now have discovered I may have been lying all of these years. My story goes that I saw Marichal pitch against Spahn in a 5-4 victory over the Braves. I have thought it might have been McCovey’s rookier year. I readily admit to possibly embellishing some of the facts over time, but I have recently begun to search for info of this game on the “net”, without any luck. Where might I find the evidence to back up one of my favorite baseball memories? Your efforts on my behalf would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Mike

First, forgive me this off topic comment. Second, can you help me with a poser? I saw my first major league game in Milwaukee as a squirt. For years I have told of this event and now have discovered I may have been lying all of these years. My story goes that I saw Marichal pitch against Spahn in a 5-4 victory over the Braves. I have thought it might have been McCovey’s rookier year. I readily admit to possibly embellishing some of the facts over time, but I have recently begun to search for info of this game on the “net”, without any luck. Where might I find the evidence to back up one of my favorite baseball memories? Your efforts on my behalf would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Mike

Sorry, but couldn’t find a 5-4 Braves win. In fact, it seems that Spahn beat Marichal only once, and that was April 28, 1963. They met seven times and Marichal won six of those. Here are the dates and scores: July 28, 1960, Giants 3, Braves 2; June 14, 1961, Giants 11, Braves 2; April 10, 1962, Giants 11, Braves 2; June 26, 1962, Giants 3, Braves 1; April 28, 1963, Braves 3, Giants 1; July 2, 1963, Giants 1, Braves 0 (16 innings); and April 14, 1964, Giants 8, Braves 4

Carrie, I think you missed it. He said ‘over’ the Braves. So you should have been looking for a 5 – 4 Giants win. Either way, you didn’t find a 5 – 4 score. It seems Mike has ‘embellished’ this one!

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