Wed to Wrigley Field
Such was the line of reasoning that got Amanda Boudreau and Kyle Nauman to Wrigley Field this afternoon for “Meet the Team, Have a Ball.”
Boudreau turned Nauman, never a baseball fan before, into a follower of the Cubs last season. She took him to his first game against the Mets in August, and that quickly escalated into the on-field meet-and-greet today. The pair, who will wed May 24, squeezed every second they could walking around the just-growing-in ivy before getting into the autographs line.
It was announced to those in attendance today that the event raised approximately $100,000 for Cubs Charities.
Also seen around the ballpark
Lou Piniella, Larry Rothschild and Ryan Theriot led off the long row of over 30 staff and players signing autographs. … Jim Hendry was in an enthusiastic mood in the mid-afternoon, on his way through the concourse to the home clubhouse. … TV play-by-play man Len Kasper recorded a pregame interview in front of the Cubs dugout with first base coach Matt Sinatro. The interview can be seen on Comcast SportsNet tonight. … San Diego’s Wilfredo Ledezma and Khalil Greene were jogging back-and-forth on the walkway between the 100 and 200 level before the game.
Same as yesterday’s with Jason Marquis (1-2, 5.08 ERA) going against Shawn Estes, in his first big-league appearance since 2006 Tommy John surgery.
— Sean Ahmed