As you may already know from reading my Twitter feed, I’m a day behind in posting stories from my time in Lansing because the Internet connection at the Super 8 hotel in South Lansing was spotty. I’ll blog about my third day in Lansing sometime this weekend, but right now I’m going to relax inside my spacious room at the EconoLodge in Grand Rapids before heading to tonight’s West Michigan Whitecaps game. (I’m not kidding — this is the biggest room I’ve ever stayed in at an economy hotel! I’m impressed!)
The Whitecaps will be taking on the Bowling Green Hot Rods, who got a 7-inning no-hitter from Victor Mateo in the second game of a doubleheader against the Lake County Captains yesterday. You can read about Mateo’s no-hitter (the first in team history) here.
Tonight’s matchup will be George Jensen (8-2, 4.83 ERA) for the Hot Rods vs. Alex Burgos (3-1, 1.71 ERA) for the Whitecaps. When Jensen takes the mound for the first time tonight, whoever controls the music and sound effects at Fifth Third Ballpark should play the theme song from “The Jetsons.”
It’s Star Wars Night at Fifth Third Ballpark tonight, so that should make for some good photos at the game. The weather will be warm — the temperature is in the high 80s at 5 p.m. — but it certainly won’t be as hot as the electronic message board outside Lansing’s Cooley Law School Stadium claimed it was at 1:20 p.m. today.
Movin’ on up
Congratulations to Cubs prospect Matt Szczur, who learned today that he’s going to be promoted from the Peoria Chiefs to the Daytona Cubs after he plays in the Futures Game on Sunday.
Readers of this blog who have an astute eye (or two) may have noticed that Szczur is batting in the header photo at the top of this website. Here is another photo of the outfielder from that same series against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in late May: