The Record Setting Soriano and other stuff

It’s on a fitting note that the dismal April ends with Alfonso Soriano hitting his ninth homer of the season and the most by a Chicago Cub in the month of April.

Yesterday, Soriano belted two homers to help give the Cubs a 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks and avenge the slaughter the day before.  The two clubs finish off April today.  I hope he hits two more.

So yesterday, Darcy gave me a present(Mary Beth helped him pick it out) a retro T-shirt with the Cubs bear on it.  I will wear it proudly tomorrow as I watch the Cubs finish off the Diamondbacks.

The other things that are looking up today is the weather.  The sun is shining and it appears to be 15 degrees Celsius, and almost grass cutting weather.  It doesn’t have much to do with baseball, but it got me to thinking about sending away for that Scott’s turf builder Wrigley Green stuff that makes your lawn look like Wrigley Field.  Then I thought that would be obsessive.  However, my goal is to get a replica Wrigley Field bench for the basement so we can watch the games in style!

Nope, instead I’m going to make a trip to the hardware store and get the lawn mower geared up for the season.  By the end of the summer, Darcy will be hitting the ball into the neighbour’s yard.

—Mark Gauthier


  1. ronlang44 · April 30, 2011

    I did the Scott’s thing last year on my yard and it grew like crazy!!!! I decided not to this season and my once pretty yard is full of dandelions now. Go figure. Soriano was dialed in last night….it was great to see.



  2. robsanto · April 30, 2011

    SO-RI-AH-NO. Clap clap clap clap clap. To .500 and BEYOND! 🙂 Is it me, or is the air a little bit fresher, the sun a little bit brighter, the temperature a little bit warmer… Ok. Just one win. Baby steps.


  3. southernbelle · April 30, 2011

    Mark: The trees here in NY budded like overnight. It’s crazy. I love Spring! Can’t wait to play outside with the brothers!


  4. The Cub Den · April 30, 2011

    Yup, looking outside and the lilac tree is budding. Cut the grass and it looks good.



  5. blithescribe · April 30, 2011

    Fingers crossed for Garza to get his first win for your guys tonight. The bench sounds like a neat idea and I can see you’re already working on a great bio for Darcy, future Cubs Hall of Famer: He was knocking the ball out of the yard before he could even walk and could make the throw to first before he said his first word…
    This is a very simple game…


  6. raysrenegade · April 30, 2011

    So many people from the North side of Chi-town were scared of the season Soriano would have in 2011. Guess their fears have been pushed out the window along with the bathwater.
    Seriously, it is becoming a trend in the MLB to worry about a player then they magically fnd their lost talent or the ability to hit the ball out of sight.
    Glad to see Soriano found his groove…next up is Pena entertaining the Wrigley Bleacher bums by making them protect their beers from his flying projectiles……homers not sunflower seeds.

    Rays Renegade


  7. The Cub Den · April 30, 2011

    I just think that there was so much riding on Soriano this year and he’s a pro. The thing is that if Soriano has a Hall of Fame year, the rest of the Cubs will will be there. I have faith in the team that they could be the sleeper team in the NL


  8. norm15 · April 30, 2011

    I feel your pain with Alfono. As a Jays fan we went through the same thing with Vernon Wells. At least you guys can afford a few albatross contracts. Plus if he hits nine homers a month, that makes living with him in the line up a little more bearable too.


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