Being a Vanderbilt grad student, I’m living in Nashville and enjoying the fruits of Nashville Sounds baseball. Every once in a while, this means I get to see some incredibly good players come through town. I sadly missed the days of Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun, but I and thousands of other folks were treated to a game of legend yesterday: the Omaha Storm Chasers versus Zack Greinke.
Greinke was in town on a rehab assignment and I was lucky enough to have bought first row tickets for this game long before the pitchers were announced. On the bump for Omaha? Jeff Suppan himself.
Let me run this down for you. The crossovers between the two teams were:
- Zack Greinke facing his former organization.
- Jeff Suppan facing and pitching for two of his former organizations.
- Lorenzo Cain facing the pitcher he was traded for.
- The future of Kansas City against the past.
It was astounding to watch even though it’s still hard to see Greinke in another team’s jersey. Still, the Omaha batters handled him well and chased him after just 2.2 innings and after scoring two runs on three hits and a walk. They forced Greinke to throw 54 pitches and were fouling off pitches like crazy. In his (typical Zack) postgame interview with local sports guys (who were apparently not notified of how Greinke interviews go), Greinke said he hadn’t had long innings like that just yet. I was typically impressed by the Omaha hitters’ ability to go after him.
Anyway, I was there taking pictures to share with you fine folks. They can be found here. If you want to browse based on names/tags, you can go here. Here are a few to whet your appetite, but there are some other gems in there: