I have a while between flights here in Vegas so I’ll put up an early weekend thread. It figures I’d be the one who gets a flight with a soccer team: “Reno 1868 FC” on the Reno to Vegas leg. I think that’s some AAA-equivalent league below MLS; they play in the Reno Aces ballpark.
Nothing says AAA like a 6:30 a.m. commercial flight; that’s life in the Pacific Coast League as well. At the major league level, your Oakland Athletics travel on charters at much more civilized hours. Their flight from Southern California to Texas arrived in Dallas at 5:02 a.m.
Weather for the Arlington series looks about as expected. I was hoping to catch a last gasp of spring and it’s not that but not quite the intolerable heat of summer either. Forecast highs are 85°F today and 91°F tomorrow with no chance of rain. Sunday it’s up to 94°F and with a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms comes some humidity as well.
Ken is apparently burning all his vacation days early this year. It’s Vince and “Uncle Townie” on radio for this series and the following one in St. Petersburg.
Tonight at 5:05: Anderson vs. Lance Lynn
Saturday Game 1 at 11:05: Blackburn vs. LHP Joe Palumbo. This is a battle of 26th-man callups; Palumbo will be making his MLB debut and in fact has never pitched in AAA, as they’re calling him across town from AA Frisco.
Saturday Game 2 at 6:05: Bassitt vs. Adrian Sampson. There’s a pregame ceremony for the retirement of Adrian Beltre’s #29. I’m looking forward to that ceremony but I hope it isn’t the highlight of the weekend.
Sunday at 12:05: Montas vs. Drew Smyly
Barbecue and mmm mmm mmm Chicken Fried Steak are highly likely to offset any weight-reducing effect of the heat. Let’s go Oakland!