Re: Hall of Fame Game on 5/15
Sounds like the team is going, whether or not they play. Actually, I'm glad; whether they want to or not, every player should see the Hall of Fame. I think when all is said and done, they will be happy that they did. I wish the weather was going to be better for them though.
HOF game plans: Manager Jerry Narron expects that most of his regular players will get just one at-bat in Monday's Hall of Fame game against the Pirates. Cincinnati will be considered the visiting team in the exhibition.
"We've got some guys who won't even see the field," Narron said. "They'll see the batters' box and that'll be it."
Regular second baseman Brandon Phillips will start the game at his other position, shortstop, and play a few innings. Phillips has played just one inning this season at shortstop.
Showers and cool temperatures are expected in Cooperstown, N.Y. Pitcher Eric Milton is still expected to start in a test for his surgically repaired left knee. But the club will be mindful of the weather so that it doesn't cause Milton any setbacks.
Taking the tour: Although several players weren't thrilled about losing a scheduled off-day to play an exhibition game on Monday, many anticipated the opportunity to tour the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Sunday evening.
"It'll be great to see all of the historical things that have been done in this game," catcher Jason LaRue said. "It's one of the only places you can see that stuff. I'm just going to try and take it all in."
Among the items on exhibit will be the ball Milton threw to notch a Sept. 11, 1999, no-hitter for the Twins; the bat Scott Hatteberg used for a walk-off homer that secured the A's 20th consecutive win in 2002; and several items belonging to Ken Griffey Jr.
Aurilia will get to see the bat he used in 1997, while with the Giants, to hit the first grand slam in Interleague Play. But because he won't get to make the trip, Mercker won't be able to see the ball from his April 8, 1994, no-hitter for the Braves.
"Richie said he's going to take a picture of it for me and send it to my cellphone," Mercker said. "I've already seen it. I saw it when I gave it to them."
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