Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Braves / White Sox Game

Switched the channel right when Webb was setting up to take that shot that went in.

Saturday morning at 10:30 traffic was at a standstill on 75 south near the 85 merge. I cut off my motor while we waited. Still got to Turner Field right at 11 am. With the day game after a night game, and with the early morning rain, there was no batting practice before the game. Matthew wanted to go 'spin the wheel' to win a prize, and after that I got my free Coke at the Budweiser Designated Driver Booth. That's where I saw John Parkes, and we chatted for a minute. I told him Reid had spoken of hanging out with him at the game night.

A few White Sox were throwing and stretching, but without much going on, Will wanted to go around near the Braves dugout. By the time we got there several pitchers were throwing. Matthew and I sat back several rows, Will edged his way into a spot on the front row. Tim Hudson finished up throwing with Cormier, and he flipped his ball to Will, before the fans gathered along the rail could holler. Minutes later Will got Hudson's and Cormier's autograph, and later added pitching coach Roger McDowell, Horacio Ramirez, Chris Reitsma, and Mike Remlinger.

For some reason both Matthew and Will wanted to sit in the upper deck. There we noticed the shift the Braves employed against the left-handed Jim Thome. SS Renteria was playing on the right-field side of second base, and Chipper was playing where the shortstop usually would. Thome's home run in the first off Sosa sailed into the left-center field stands, so he didn't quite pull the ball. He doubled to center his next time up, before striking out twice.

When the rookie Pope took Chipper's spot at 3rd, I noticed he played close to the bag. Then I figured out he had to stay close, because of the runner on second. Late in the game Thome came up with a runner on first and the full shift on. The runner stole second-base. With the 3rd-baseman over where the shortstop normally was, the runner was able to also steal third. Two stolen bases on one pitch!

When I got off 400 on the way home, I noticed my car was handling weirdly. Flat Tire! Lots of fun, thought it was nice to have Will there to help change it.

We are dog-sitting this week, a little miniature poodle. Saturday night we all lost a little sleep, which wasn't good since we were already losing an hour, and we were all getting to bed late. Last night it worked out better, but I think the little dog was worn out from lack of sleep, and all the walks it had taken.

Sunday Ceil, Anna, and Will left early for church...they had to be there by 8 am, and I didn't wake up until nine. I decided to let Matthew sleep, since he didn't sleep much through the night. He woke up at 10:45. I had most of the laundry done and the kitchen clean by the time they got home from Costco.

Saw a Kroger ad that you could buy the JS book for 40% off with a Kroger Plus card.

On my Fox blog, which I have ignored for a couple of weeks, I’m all over the comments settings. Haven’t had to mess with the settings here that much, since I haven't gotten many messages!

Got this email today: On Wednesday of this week,
at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning,
the time and date will be…
01:02:03 04/05/06.

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