Thursday we played the Chicago Cubs at home where the stadium was packed with Cubs fans, like usual. I've never been to Wrigley, but the atmosphere there must be unbelievable. Their fans take spring training more serious than any other team I've seen and it really makes the games more exciting.
Personally for me it wasn't my best game. I ended up going 0-2 at the plate. We fell behind early 8-1 but rallied back to make it 8-7. Unfortunately, we didn't get that one extra run to push the game to extra innings. One of the highlights of my day was getting to see sweet Lou Piniella. I know it is only Spring Training and coaches don't usually argue very many calls, but I was hoping something would set Lou off so I could see him kick his hat around a few times, rip first base out, and throw it into shallow right field.
In today's game we traveled to Surprise, Arizona to take on the Texas Rangers. Before the game started I was hanging out down the left field line signing some autographs for kids when I heard someone yell from a few rows back, "Matt, sign my leg!" I kept signing autographs and didn't really pay any attention to it. A few seconds passed and again I heard, "Matt, please sign my leg!" I kept signing while wondering why the hell someone would want me to sign there leg. I was about done signing when another guy touched my shoulder to get my attention, "Hey Matt, can you sign this guy's leg?" I finally looked up and saw a prosthetic leg being held out for me to grab. It was officially my first leg every signed and am pretty sure there is a good chance it will be my last.
As far as the game went we ended up losing 6-2. They jumped out to an early lead, but we did a good job of holding them scoreless for much of the second half of the game. Unfortunately, they did a good job of keeping us off the score board as well. I started the game at second base and ended up going 3-4 with three singles. It was also the first time this spring that I played all nine innings.
Tomorrow we head over to Phoenix to play the Oakland Athletics. I'm feeling a win!