Friday, May 18, 2012

It's a beautiful day for a ball game indeed

Posted By on 05.18.12 at 01:11 PM

Robin Ventura: The skipper tests his flipper.
  • Ted Cox
  • Robin Ventura: The skipper tests his flipper
It was such a beautiful day for baseball when the Cubs and White Sox renewed their rivalry today at Wrigley Field that nobody seemed to be able to get into a bad or competitive mood, at least before the game.

Fraternization reigned supreme. With the wind wafting out during batting practice, the Cubs' light-hitting Reed Johnson clubbed one to the last row of the left-field bleachers.

"Ah, Reed, do it!" called out Sox outfielder Alex Rios, a former teammate of Johnson's on the Toronto Blue Jays.

"That's my game, baby," Johnson called back as he began trotting around the bases after his turn in the batting cage.

Former Sox slugger Frank Thomas, now in a suit as an analyst for Comcast SportsNet Chicago, played journalist by asking Sox manager Robin Ventura if he'd had a short night, as the team flew in from California after playing the Angels Thursday.

Ventura just shrugged and nodded. "But I don't have to play," he added.

Still, the day was so lovely Ventura pitched batting practice to the first group of Sox hitters.

The most confrontational it got was former Cub Will Ohman taking a break from shagging flies during Sox batting practice to turn a nearby water hose on the left-field Bleacher Bums.

Aside from a few shrieks, the bleacher fans even seemed to like it.

May the delightful weather work the same magic on cops and protesters.

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