I was at the Bats game today, my first of the year. Some observations:
Billy Hamilton is in fact just day-to-day. He looked completely fine to me, you would never know he was injured. He seems like a really good guy as well, he signed a ton of autographs both before and after the game.
The starting pitcher, Greg Reynolds, who was the 2nd overall draft pick in 2006, seems, at best, another Chad Reineke. They were not hitting him hard, but he struggled with control, and got out of a number of jams. Decent AAA fodder, but don't expect any big league impact.
Justin Freeman has a nice arm, he was throwing 95-96 in the 9th.
It was Corky Miller Bobblehead day, but for some reason, Corky was not in the lineup. He only emerged from the dugout to coach first base in the 8th, and he was given thunderous applause down the first base line when taking his position, and again from behind the dugout when he came back. Very cool to see. There was a "We want Corky" chant in the 9th inning, which Billy Hamilton and number of other Bats seemed to find hilarious.
Slugger Field is a great as ever, I enjoyed seeing a number of my favorite ushers
. Also, very glad that the Bats brought back the long time voice of Slugger Field (pa announcer) after a couple of years absence.
Felix Perez has to be promoted to the Reds sometime, so his walk up music is played over the GABP speakers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njrmL1y3ul8
Mike Hessman is twice the size of Henry Rodriguez. Hessman batted in front of H-Rod today, and it was very amusing watching him emerge from the dugout as Henry walked to the plate.
And of course, it was great seeing the Bats do in three games what it took 74 games to do last season - win three in a row.