Eggs, cold temps, Bees wins, and Ryno

With the first homestand behind us, the Bees are supposed to be aboard the bus en route to Cedar Rapids.

Needless to say, those plans have changed.

With more than an inch of snow on the field at Veterans Memorial Stadium, today’s noon game has been postponed. Your Bees and the Kernels will try to play a doubleheader tomorrow up there.

All things considered, we were relatively fortunate to make it through our first home action the way we did. This crazy weather affected every team around the midwest, and we’re lucky that we were able to play four of the five games on our schedule. Thank you, all of you half-crazy fans who joined us at the ball park these last few days!

The first homestand of 2007, in numbers and photos:

5,000 Easter eggs
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The Burlington Rotary Club sponsored this year’s Easter-egg hunt. The event was a success, drawing approximately 350-400 area youth, despite Saturday’s noon wind-chill temp of 18 degrees!

2,397 fans
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The Southerlands, from nearby Stronghurst, Illinois, were among the nearly 2,400 fans who braved the cold and the rain to come to The Hive and support their Bees during the opening home action.

2 Bees wins
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Your Bees got off to a good start, opening the season with two wins against Kane County.
Opening Day starter Brent Fisher (pictured) struck out three and gave up two runs in the first three innings of the season. Third baseman Marc Maddux (pictured, right) singled home the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning, giving the Bees a 6-3 win over the Cougars in Thursday’s opener.
After Friday’s rainout, the Bees shut down Kane County 4-0 in seven innings, behind the arms of Everett Teaford and Tyler Chambliss.

1 Hall-of-Famer
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Ryne Sandberg — that’s 10-time all-star, the winner of nine gold gloves, and one of the Cubs’ all-time greats, Ryne Sandberg — obliged many happy fans’ autograph requests.
Sandberg’s Peoria Chiefs took two games from the Bees, winning 2-1 on Monday in front of 991 fans, and 8-3 in a rain-shortened game Tuesday.

Check out The Des Moines Register’s coverage of Ryno at The Hive!

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