Rambling While the Cubs Home Opener Awaits

Sure, three games have been played, but the real Opening Day is the home opener.  And that, as every single person reading this site right now already knows, is today.  The bunting will adorn the brick, the players will be introduced, the rain will fall heavily, and the fans will convene in the restrooms. I mean, what more could you ask for.

On what promises to be a day filled with many temperatures and weather fronts, the Cubs will take the field against the Phillies and celebrate the 100th year of baseball at Wrigley Field. And when this happens, Ryne Sandberg will be in the Visitor’s dugout.  I guess that is a sign that it could be a rather backwards year at the Friendly Confines. Many already predicted it would be upside down, so let’s throw backwards in there as well.

And with that … let’s get to the rambling.

  • McThoyer with the best offseason signing of the year … your 2014 MVP, Emilio Bonifacio!
  • Mike Olt reaching low and showing some impressive opposite-field power clearing the 21-foot wall in right field at PNC Park. Also, I really want to see a game at PNC Park. Has anyone done so? It looks awesome.
  • 11 hits in three games accompanied by four stolen bases. That is seriously impressive. And before you say it … yes, I am aware that he will not keep it up, but it’s one heckuva way to start a season.
  • The Cubs give up seven runs in three games, and lose two of them. If this pitching holds, and some of these guys play like they are capable, this year could be slightly better than expected.
  • Also, the Pirates made the playoffs last year.
  • Yes, I am fully aware that it has only been three games. Yes, I know it is early April.  Yes, I am aware of almost anything that flies in the face of my outright optimism.
  • This week has been very solid for a few Cubs players that were signed simply to be traded in July … the aforementioned Bonifacio and then Jason Hammel. Let’s keep it up boys.
  • Prospects, Prospects, Prospects …
  • I like Tom Ricketts and what the family has done, but I seem to be in the minority.  Maybe it’s the company I keep, or my colleagues at the company I work for, but there is some severe vitriol out there.
  • Veras was also signed to be traded, so we want to work on closing out the games, not the other way around.
  • Junior Lake is quietly picking up where he left off last season with a solid 4-13 opening series. If he hits .290+, that is gravy in this whole thing. Absolute gravy.
  • Starlin is 1-13. Three years just cannot be a “flash in the pan.” The kid has talent.  Yes, again, I know it is only three games.
  • However, as the company I keep can attest to, sometimes I tend to get nervous too quickly, or overreact. I am going to be on the edge of my seat with Castro and Rizzo for the next few months, if not longer.
  • In three games, we have an outfield platoon. Not a left-field platoon, or a right-field platoon, but an entire outfield platoon. This is interesting, this is kind of crazy, and this is definitely not the “College of Coaches.” However, this did make me think of the “College of Coaches.”
  • Tweet from Rob Neyer: “The Cubs have played two games and their No. 5 starter is 0-2. This seems very Cubs.”  Way … too … true.
  • I am going to say it again because it strikes me as crazy. Ryne Sandberg, one of the Cubs Hall-Of-Famers, will be in the opposing dugout as the Manager when the 100th season of baseball begins at Wrigley Field.
  • That also seems very Cubs. And also probably planned by some smart-individual in the Major League headquarters. Or a genius.
  • I am sorry, but Brian Schlitter has an awesome last name, and I have about 17 nicknames, none of which are appropriate for this website, but I really want to come up with one collectively. So, let’s hear your Brian Schlitter nickname suggestions below.
  • As I mentioned before, I am getting the feeling that the honeymoon for the Ricketts has been over for awhile. Simply tell me below … are you a fan of Tom Ricketts, or are you not a fan of Tom Ricketts.
  • And finally, here is to the 100th Opening Day at Wrigley Field, originally Weeghman Park.  It is arguably one of the most famous sporting venues in the entire world.  It will be raining, and it will be cold, but when the Cubs are playing baseball at Wrigley Field, all is right with the world.

And to support my last bullet, I went to pick up my season tickets at Wrigley yesterday, and there was a group of men taking pictures of each other under the marquee, and doing so as a group. When they started speaking, it was clear they were not from the United States. I just thought it was too cool. The allure of Wrigley literally knows no bounds. Let’s just hope one day the winning is what matters, and not the decrepit ballpark that I absolutely adore.

And until next time …

Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!

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