Thirteen members and friends of the Rogers Hornsby SABR Chapter met at Iron Works BBQ in downtown Austin Thursday night, February 21.
Jan Larson reported on his visits to spring training sites in Arizona earlier this week. Jan was at the Reds/Indians complex in Goodyear and the Diamondbacks facility in Scottsdale. Jan brought a batting-practice home-run ball that he corraled, plus spring training rosters. Jan had opportunities to speak to sports reporter Tim Kurkjian and Indians OF/1B Nick Swisher, among others.
Monte Cely reported on his visit to Hermosillo, Mexico for the 2013 Serie del Caribe. Highlights included the new Estadio Sonora, sell-outs on all seven days of the tournament, and Mexico’s dramatic 18-inning victory in the final game to take the title on their home turf.
Jim Griffin will be visiting Kissimee, Florida for a collegiate softball tournament and some Astros spring training.
The quiz topic, in keeping with the Caribbean Series having been hosted in Mexico, was "Beisbol Latinoamericano, con un sabor mexicano" (Latin American baseball – with a Mexican flavor). Jim Baker took the prize, an official 2013 Serie del Caribe – Hermosillo ball cap, with a very good score of 15 correct answers out of a possible 25. See the quiz here.
Other topics included remaining free agents to be signed and the prospects for everyone’s favorite teams.
Our March meeting will be Tuesday, March 19 at 6pm back at Iron Works BBQ.