Cubs v Reds 3/5/16
Not it should come as any surprise, but the Cubs have a massive Spring Training following. We only had GA lawn seats, so we knew that we had to get there early to get seats on the grass that wouldn’t be near the back sidewalk. Sloan Park is a relatively new park after the Cubs outgrew HoHoKam Park and that was before they made it within one round of the World Series last season and are popular picks to win it all in 2016.
We arrived around 11:00 with the gates opening at 11:30 so we rushed and got good seats in left field in essentially the second row. The Cubs would end up losing the game 4-2 but 2012 1st Round Pick Albert Almora made a terrific catch in center field to keep the game closer. Catcher Miguel Montero went 3-3 for the Cubs, while Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler went a combined 0-8 at the top of the order.
The Cubs seemed to spoil scoring chances all game, getting only the 2 runs on just 5 hits and 1 walk. They also made two errors. Neither Jason Heyward or Dexter Fowler made appearances for the Cubs in Saturday’s game.
The Cubs had set a Cactus League Spring Training attendance record the previous day at 15,446 and there were just three less on Saturday. The teams fans travel well and the team has high hopes for 2016.
That night we went to a great Mexican restaurant in Phoenix called Otro Cafe after hanging out with another college friend who lives nearby before hanging out at The Lot where you can play ping pong, foosball, cornhole, and other games in a fun atmostphere. We left around midnight and called it a night after one more stop to In’N’Out.
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