Wooden's World of Baseball

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Road Trip #1 - Lynchburg

Thanks to a forecast of poor weather, moved up my plans to visit Lynchburg a day and managed to get a good seat for Opening Day. Frankly, I was a little surprised. I know times are tough, but in a rinky-dink town with not much else to do (this is home to Liberty University, after all) I figured that the most popular date on the schedule would have been a draw, not to mention... some guy named Pedro Alvarez.

To the uninitiated, Alvarez was the Pittsburgh Pirates' top pick in 2008 and thanks to some maneuvering by uberagent Scott Boras, Pedro's debut was delayed until this particular night.

Suffice it to say, Alvarez did not disappoint. Three-for-four with a home run, a double, and four RBIs and three assists in the field. About the only quibble I had with him is that he seemed a bit slow for an infielder, but man, this kid can hit. He'll be in Altoona before Memorial Day, if not Mother's Day.

Potomac's hitters picked up where they left off, smacking 11 hits including several doubles. Obviously, it's early, but considering that the Opening Day starter is a 25-year-old, it may be safe to say that a repeat championship will be tough.

That's all for now - the hope is to post more often, particularly during homestands, or at least while I have the time to do so, thanks to our lovely economy.


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