I had made a trip down to Anna Maria Island outside of Sarasota this past weekend. I didn't realize how close it was to Sarasota, so I didn't think out seeing a spring training game until I got down there.
I noticed that Cueto was pitching on Monday and as our fishing plans fell through, my step father and I dove on down there hoping to buy tickets at the window or scalp a couple.
The ball game was scheduled for 1:05 and we got down there at 12:30. I walked up to the first guy a saw with tickets for sale. Boy were we lucky. He gave them to use for face value plus the mailing charge ($17 a piece) and we ended up three rows behind Krivsky and the scouts right behind home plate!
It was a beautiful day, if a bit hot, but I was in heaven. There were probably six scouts there and each of them had a radar gun, which we could easily see from our seats. Cueto was definitely bringing the heat vs. Detroit even though he was around the plate. He was usually at 94-96 for his fastball, though I'm sure he must have hit 97 time or too in the 3rd or 4th.
He was definitely something to see even if his control was off. Case in point, Kenny Rogers' at bat. You could tell Rogers wasn't even going to think about swinging, yet Cueto went 3-2 before striking him out.
Weathers looked great, and Roeneke and Cordero both looked pretty good too. As far as the position players, Gil rocked one to deep center for a double, and Patterson looked pretty good. I saw Bruce bat but he went 0 for 2, and looked a bit thicker than I expected.
This was the only game I saw, but I got to share a plane with Arroyo on the way home. He and C. Trent were in the seats in front of me (coach) doing an interview. I heard bits and pieces of their convo, but nothing earth shattering. He seemed like a very nice guy.
Looking forward to the season!