The Cubs have had a different fun distraction seemingly every day of spring training. That wacky 70s van, funny t-shirts, dress-up days, you name it. That’s just sort of how things go with a Joe Maddon-managed team. He likes to keep them loose.
In the past couple of days they’ve done a couple more fun things. Yesterday, it was a hiring a guitarist to jam on the field during workouts. His choice of jam? AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”:
Nothing 20-something baseball players like more than 37-year-old rock riffs!
Today they tied up their strength and conditioning coach:
I’m heading to Arizona tomorrow and will be at Cubs camp over the weekend. Here’s hoping more wild and wacky shenanigans go down!
ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.
Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.
The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.
The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.
Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.
Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).