On Monday, October 31st the Cubs released the (tentative) 2006 Season Schedule. As noted, please be aware all dates, times and opponents are subject to change. It is a very interesting schedule that puts them in Cincinnati on Opening Day.
The 2006 season will kick off on April 3rd and like so many other seasons, they will get April 4th off. Why does Major League Baseball do this? A 2 game series to start a season with a day off in between…why? After the brief stint against the Reds, the Cubs will head to Chicago for the home opener against the St. Louis Cardinals. The first month of the season will have the Cubs playing their Central Division rivals and a slow April start could put the Cubs in a big hole for the entire year. The Cubs will have 5 against the Reds (2 on the road and 3 at home), 6 against the Cardinals (including the Cubs 1st trip to the new Busch Stadium), 3 in Pittsburgh, and 3 against the Brewers in Wrigley. 16 division games in April…WOW!! The interleague action will see the Tigers coming to Wrigley and road games against the Indians and Twins.
The Cross Town Series will mean even more this season and the Cubs will visit The Cell on May 19th – May 21st and the White Sox will be in Wrigley on June 30th – July 2nd. I cannot even imagine how tense these games will be this year….LET’S GO NORTHSIDE..LET’S GO!!
The Cubs will not play the Astros until June 5th at the Juice Box and do not face the Astros or the Cardinals in the final month of the season. Who was the genius that scheduled this? Why are the Cubs not playing the Astros or the Cardinals in the last month of the season? Major League Baseball is looking for ratings and they pull this…I bet you the Red Sox and Yankees are playing in September…unbelievable???
Will the Cubs hit the ‘Reds bump in the road’ again in 2006? For the past 2 seasons the Reds have ended the Cubs playoff hopes and the two teams will face off 7 times in the last month. The season will conclude with a 5 game homestand against the Brewers and Rockies.
Is this the schedule that ends the drought for the Cubs? Let’s all hope so…NOW IT’S OUR TURN!!!
151 Days Until Opening Day 2006!!!