Various and sundry
The lineups for today’s Grapefruit League opener are up, and the two teams are taking pretty different tacks. The Cards have as close to an Opening Day lineup as they’re able to field at this point, with three guys hurt:
Eckstein SS, Duncan LF, Pujols 1B, Rolen 3B, Wilson RF, Rodriguez DH, Molina C, Taguchi CF, Miles 2B
The Marlins, on the other hand, have two likely Opening Day starters in their lineup. Apparently they used their starters — no kidding — extensively against the University of Miami yesterday, rather than against the Cardinals today. There is one name that may be very familiar to Cards fans in the FLA lineup, though:
Amezaga 2B, Andino SS, Boone 3B, Jacobs 1B, Hermida DH…
wait for it…
De Aza RF, Treanor C, Reed CF
One other unrelated note:
Bird Land’s Derrick Goold and I went out for dinner last night. We intended to go to The Grape, a new restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens. However, when we got there, it was overrun by beautiful people and TV media types. We asked someone there, a gentleman with The Grape’s corporate organization, and he told us they were hosting a private party for the PGA (which is in town this weekend for the Honda Classic).
But what made it notable was one of their investors decided to drop in. A fellow who goes by the name of Usher. Or Ursher, if you ask Ludacris. He came down to lend his name and some publicity to the event.
His voice, however, did not make my booty go smack. Just for the record.