While it’s still way too early to draw any sort of conclusions about the 2009 Albuquerque Isotopes, a couple of things are starting to become evident. The first is that offensively, this team is as good as advertised (last night’s 9-0 shutout notwithstanding). Jason Repko is knocking the cover off the ball right now, as is Xavier Paul, but the most exciting player out of the gate on this year’s team may be Chin-Lung Hu. Not only is he a spark at the plate, but his defense at shortstop so far this season has been superb. He’s also almost instantaneously become a favorite of ‘Topes fans, who chant “HUUUUUUUU” loudly at any and every opportunity. It always seems to take a few games for fans to get to know the players from year-to-year, but it’s great to see Isotopes fans take an immediate liking to this year’s group.
In addition to being Easter Sunday, today is also the first of 11 “Dodger Blue” Sundays, where the Isotopes will don their special Dodger Blue hats and jerseys. Having seen the jerseys hanging in the clubhouse, it’s safe to say the sight of the Isotopes in them on the field is going to be impressive.
We’ve gotten a few e-mails asking about Isotopes Game Notes and if they would be available on-line, as they were on the old site. After trying to figure out a good place to put them that would be easily found and accessed, it quickly became clear that probably the best place for them is right here on the Tattler. So from now on, daily game notes will be posted here. To get you caught up, here are the notes for the first four games: