Thursday, March 22 2007
Good morning and welcome to Day
6 of the 11th Annual Spring Training Trek 2007!
After yesterday's marathon, having
the opportunity to sleep in before my next Braves game at
1pm was well appreciated (and used). But to the
ballpark I went for an exciting game facing the Mets.
John Smoltz was again on the mound, and in Greg Maddux
fashion, the first inning was over in just 10 minutes.
It was going to be a quick game, which was fine since the
weather had cleared and temps were rising into the low 80's.
In the 2nd inning, the Braves put
their first run on the board, but I was standing in line for
some lunch and did not see it. I was really hungry so
I added some fries to my Grand Slam double-cheeseburger and
diet coke ($10.25). In the third inning, Smoltzie
picked off a runner at first, but gave up a run in the 4th
after having given up just 2 hits in the first three
innings. A nice defensive toss from Kelly Johnson to
Chris Woodward at 2nd base gets the Braves out of the
In the sixth inning, With a runner
on, Woodward doubled and then Chipper Jones - did I
mention that for the first time at home this week both
Chipper and Andruw Jones were playing - doubled Woodward in.
Andruw and Brian McCann both struck out and Jeff Francouer
grounded out, but the Braves had a 2-1 lead. Over six
innings, Smoltz gave up only 7 hits and one unearned run.
In the 7th, Mike Gonzales came,
giving up a 2 out double but otherwise breezing through the
inning. After the 7th inning stretch, Doug Clark and
Billy McCarthy both singled and Martin Prado walked to load
the bases. Yunel Escobar grounded into a fielder's
choice, but the throw home was too hot to handle and all
runs and runners were safe. It was now 4-1. Tony
Pena, who pinch ran for Chipper in the previous inning,
homers and just like that the Braves have blown open a 7-1
lead. Peter Moylan came in to pitch a clean 8th inning
and Oscar Villarreal closed out the game in the 9th.
After the game and a quick stop at
the Port Orleans Riverside Resort, I made my way to Downtown
Disney West Side for dinner at Wolfgang Puck's Cafe.
After a bowl of butternut squash soup (yes, mother, you are
reading that right but don't get any ideas), I had
California-inspired wolf-uccini with roasted chicken and a
delicious bread pudding for desert., accompanied by a glass
of Ruffino Pinot Grigio. Total meal plan price: $36.
Next it was to Downtown Disney's Market Place where I
shopped Team Mickey and the World of Disney for a few
Finally, it was back to the far end
of the West Side where I attended Cirque du Soleil's
presentation of La Nouba. I have described this
performance in the past as a visual and auditory assault on
your senses so at least I will remain consistent this year.
In 2003 I helped mark the 200th performance since the show
opened in 1999 (I have missed a show during my trip only the
year Aretha Franklin was performing at the House of Blues),
and a Cirque cast member confided that the 4000th
performance will take place next month. The show had
not changed since the beginning, although some of the score
arrangements and thrills in the acts had been updated.
It was a fun night and the cast received a standing ovation
And that was it for the day.
Not the longest and not the shortest, but a fun day
highlighted by a complete annihilation of the Mets. It
doesn't get much better than that.
Who notes that with only 5 home games he has no chance of
seeing all the starting pitchers but the bullpen looked good
when it counted...