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Maybe Google Maps should manage the Cubs. Because it seems that they know where to put Edwin Jackson more than the Cubs front office does.

On Tuesday March 24, Edwin Jackson went to the wrong baseball stadium prior to his scheduled start. By the time he showed up to the correct stadium, the game was already nearing the 2nd inning. He entered the game immediately without getting to warm up and promptly gave up 8 runs on 9 hits over 1.2 innings. Jackson said Google Maps took him to the wrong stadium and is blaming the program and not the user.

Edwin Jackson signed a $52 million deal in 2013 and is owed $22 million of that over the next two seasons. He has a 5.58 ERA as a Cub and currently holds a 7.59 ERA this spring. I don’t think Google Maps is the one in the wrong Edwin Jackson…

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Bee is for Baseball

Bees have become baseball fans. But I don’t think the bees feel welcomed by the baseball community and protests seem to becoming more and more prevalent with some turning aggressive. We need to start including bees as fans to bring back the peace. Its a win-win for both the bees and baseball. The bees can be counted in the popularity counts which would put baseball back on top as the most popular sport in America.

Don’t Bee-lieve me that the bees aren’t an organized protest (OK, I’m done with the Bee comments)? Take a look at the timeline below:

  • July 2, 2009 – PETCO Park San Diego – The Astros and Padres are delayed for 52 minutes when 2000 bees swarmed Kyle Blanks in left field in the 9th inning. A bee keeper was called in to take care of the unexpected fans. Its too bad too because those bees would have put the attendance over 25000. Something the Padres are hoping more of in 2015 after spending a lot of money in the off-season on big names.
  • May 18, 2012 – Coors Field Denver – A camera man is evicted from his camera well when thousands of bees take it over in the 5th inning. The umps must of had important dinner plans with their wives because they barely halted the game and demanded the teams keep playing. A vacuum showed up in the 6th inning and relocated the bees outside of the stadium.
  • Sept 22, 2013 – Angel Stadium Anaheim – Felix Hernandez runs screaming like a little girl when bees start taking over the field. After the bees successfully scare the King, they move to the outfield and scatter the players out there. After 23 minutes, a man with a Gatorade cooler full of honey and wielding a broom takes care of the bees just long enough for them to terrorize the Angels outfield in the next half inning. No one was harmed but the bees are getting more aggressive in their fly in protests.
  • March 16, 2014 – Salt River Fields Scottsdale – Bees swarm the left field fence padding between the Brewers and the Diamondbacks. Left fielder Parra wanted nothing to do with the bees and headed to the infield waiting for them to leave. Many believe this upset the bees whom were simply looking for autographs. Now they just felt excluded.
  • March 18, 2014 – Steinbrenner Field Tampa – Things are starting to get ugly. Bees invade left field causing the Red Sox to panic. Teixeira decides to try distracting the bees by leading them out of the stadium with a trail of honey. But the inexperienced ground crew decide to use chemical warfare on the bees causing casualties over a 7 minute span. This may be considered the shot heard ’round the world for bees vs baseball.
  • April 3, 2014 – Chase Field Phoenix – Upset by the attack the previous month, the bees try to protest in center field but the game starts anyways. Angel Pagan sends a warning shot out into them when AJ Pollock charging. The bees retreat and plot their attack.
  • March 8, 2015 – Diablo Stadium Tempe – Bees decide to avoid the players and just sit with the other fans at a Royals vs Angels game. However, the fans avoid them and masked man comes charging in with chemical warfare. Bees lives were lost that day.
  • March 20, 2015 ‘B Day’ – Elk Fields Utah – The bees have had it. No more peaceful protests. Thousands of bees descend from left field and start attacking fans. One family sustained the most injuries when the mother was stung 15 times, the son was stung 40+ times, and the father was stung over 400 times… in the face!. Firefighters were called in and due to the aggressiveness of the bees, they had to take to chemical warfare. Bees lives were lost but let’s not forget their message or the war may never end. Bees are for baseball!
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Spring Training Is Here

Finally! The cold weather has broke. The snow is melting. And I can here the cracks of wooden bats in the far distance (the TV amplifies the sound a bit).

Unless a last minute free airfare deal pops up, this year will be the first time in the last 4 that I haven’t made it to the Cactus League. Instead, I may just put on my shorts and sandals. Grab some beer. Plug in the heat lamps. Spray paint my grass green. And listen to some streaming baseball.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy it. Seriously, stop reading this post right now. Go over to your favorite travel site. And look for flights to either Phoenix or Florida. You won’t regret it.

Spring training seems more popular than ever. Seems like everyone around me is going this year compared to not knowing anyone going in past years and having to explain what, where, and why I was going to the desert.

Well, after you have bought your airfare to Phoenix, come back here and check out my previous reviews of the Cactus League stadiums so you know which games to attend.

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