Carlos Zambrano Rehab Start 5-17-09

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Carlos Zambrano on a Rehab Start for the Daytona Cubs on 5-17-2009 in Dunedin, Florida against the Dunedin Blue Jays -Scott Jontes/MiLB.com

In my last post I said I would share with you a little more why I was at the game in Dunedin. Well I am sure by now you have figured out why I drove the 3 hours across state for the for the game. Carlos Zambrano was on a Rehab assignment after injuring his leg trying to beat a throw to first base in one of his starts. When he chose to make his start with the Daytona Cubs I was pretty happy, only problem was it was going to be in Dunedin. The game however worked out to be on a Sunday with a 1:00 start which was a worth it to me to go to the game.

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Carlos Zambrano on a Rehab Start for the Daytona Cubs on
5-17-2009 in Dunedin, Florida against the Dunedin Blue Jays -Scott
Jontes/MiLB.com

After I decided that I wanted to head over to the game I called another MiLB photographer Jerry Hale and asked him if he wanted to go with me. Jerry agreed to make the trip with and we headed over to Dunedin, had some lunch and then we headed to the ballpark. We arrived about an hour early and Jerry showed me the lay of the land because I had never been to Dunedin before and I must say that it is quite a nice little ballpark.

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Carlos Zambrano talks with Daytona Cubs catcher Mark Reed on while Zambrono was on his Rehab Start for the Daytona Cubs on
5-17-2009 in Dunedin, Florida against the Dunedin Blue Jays -Scott
Jontes/MiLB.com

In anticipation of Zambrano being at the game quite a few cubs fans were at the ballpark and I even ran into some fans I know from Daytona who drove over to see him pitch too. For the game Zambrano pitched 3.2 innnings he gave up 5 hits and allowed 4 runs to score he took the loss. He looked liked he was in good spirits and he took time to sign autographs for the fans after the game.

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Carlos Zambrano on a Rehab Start for the Daytona Cubs on
5-17-2009 in Dunedin, Florida against the Dunedin Blue Jays -Scott
Jontes/MiLB.com

Carlos Zambrano.jpgCarlos Zambrano signs autographs for fans after his  Rehab Start for the Daytona Cubs in Dunedin, Florida against the Dunedin Blue Jays -Scott
Jontes/MiLB.com

Jerry and I only stayed a few more innings after Zambrono came out of the game which was fine by me. It was brutally hot that day and we had a long drive ahead of us to get home. It turned to be a fun trip and I am really glad that I went.

Scott

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