The Iowa Cubs open their home season tonight against Tucson in Pacific Coast League action. The I-Cubs are coming off a west coast road swing to begin the season and General Manager Sam Bernabe expects the team will be vastly improved over a year ago. He says there are more prospects and top draft choices than he’s had in years.Bernabe says this team looks much better than last year’s club which finished 30-games below 500. Bernabe says it is a young club with the average age of 23. He says they’re good young kids who should be a fun team to watch.
After setting an all-time attendance record last season, officials with the Iowa Cubs are hoping to set another one this year. The I-Cubs open their home season Friday night and general manager Sam Bernabe says they are hoping to draw half a million fans to Sec Taylor Stadium this season. He says they had a minimal number of rainouts last year and that helped.Bernabe says a number of different things will need to fall into place. He says they need good weather, promotions and a good team.
The Iowa Cubs have struggled on the field all season but the club has done very well at the turnstiles. The I-Cubs have averaged just over six-thousand-200 fans per game so far this season, which ranks fourth in the 16-team Pacific Coast League.General manager Sam Bernabe, says they are proud of the attendance mark considering the struggles of the team.Bernabe says the boost in attendance has been needed because the cost of business has increased with the amount of travel in the Pacific Coast League.The Cubs have 12 home dates remaining and Bernabe says they still have a chance to pass Salt Lake City and move into third in the P-C-L in attendance.
The major league All-Star game was last night, and tonight it’s the Triple-A All-Star game in Rochester, New York. One Iowa Cub, first baseman Julio Zuletta, is on the triple-a squad. Iowa Cubs spokesman Scott Sailor says the rest of the players are enjoying a three-day break.Sailor says the first half of the season has been good in most respects except for the team’s losing record. He says one record they seek is hitting 500-thousand in attendance.The I-Cubs return to action tomorrow at Albuquerque.
The Iowa Cubs cap off two day’s of celebration of the first night baseball game when they host the Oklahoma RedHawks at Sec Taylor Stadium. Tonight marks the 70th anniversary of the first professional night baseball game played between the Des Moines Demons and the Wichita Aviators. I-Cubs general manager Sam Bernabe says while it was one of the most significant baseball events in the city’s history it is also one of the most unknown. The game was played by the old North High School.Bernabe says the introduction of night baseball changed the complexion of the sport as it opened up a new era of holding baseball games at night.Bernabe says Pacific Coast League president Branch Rickey the third will be part of a pre-game ceremony.
Kerry Wood had a strong outing but is wasn’t enough for the Iowa Cubs who set a franchise record with their 12th consecutive loss 5-4 to Colorado Springs on Sunday. Wood yielded just four hits and two runs and struck out seven in seven innings of work, but the Sky Sox scored three runs of reliever Steve Rain in one inning of work to get the win. Scott McClain lead the way for Colorado Srings with a pair of homers and four RBIs. Wood had to leave the game with a blister on his finger. The cubs are now 3-15 and will play the Sky Sox again this afternoon in Sec Taylor Stadium.
The Iowa Cubs opened the Pacific Coast League season Thursday with an 8-7 comeback victory over Memphis at Sec Taylor Stadium. Scott Stahoviak provided the game winner with a sacrafice fly in the 8th inning, capping a two run frame for the Cubs.
The Iowa Cubs open the Pacific coast league season at Sec Taylor Stadium this afternoon against the Memphis Redbirds. Dave Trembley begins his first season as manager after spending the past three season directing the Chicago Cubs double-a affiliate and he likes the mix of veterans and prospects on the Iowa Cubs roster.Trembley says it is possible to develop players and win. He says you develop players by winning games and getting them to buy into the system.Trembley will stress fundamentals and will use the starting pitching to shorten games. He says you don’t have guys that go nine innings.
The Iowa Cubs will pull out all the stops in an attempt to draw 500-thousandfans to Sec Taylor Stadium next season. The I-Cubs drew a record466-thousand fans to the stadium in 1995 and spokesman Brett Dolan saystopping the half million mark in attendance is the next step.Dolan says they will make it worth their while for the 500-thousandth fanwho will get a new car if they hit the mark.The team announced that ticket prices will remain the same for next seasonand Dolan says by drawing more fans, that will help the club keep ticketprices low.
The major league all-star game is history and tonight the triple-a all-starswho hope to make it to the big leagues some day take center stage. Two IowaCubs players, shortstop Jose Nieves and pitcher Doug Creek, will participatein tonight’s game in New Orleans. I-Cubs spokesman Brett Dolan says playingin the triple-A all-star game isn’t as big a deal to the players as the majorleague game, but it does give have positives for players.The all-star games give the players three days off and Dolan says that’s thething most triple-A players enjoy the most.Dolan says the break is also appreciated by the I-Cubs administration.Dolan says the I-Cubs management is hoping to overcome some early seasonweather problems in the second half of the season.The triple-A all-star game is tonight at 6:30.