Thursday, March 31, 2011

Your 2011 Chicago Cubs

Opening Day is tomorrow, the team is set; so let's take a look at the players who will break our hearts this season. I find it interesting that I have a card of almost every player in a Cubs uniform and had to use only a few from previous seasons. The off-season moves they made were done early enough for Topps to get cards out for almost everyone.


Alfonso Soriano....don't know what to expect here, but he sure seems to have his best years behind him.

Kosuke Fukudome....I now know how to say "Over-hyped" in Japanese....Fukudome

Tyler Colvin....he did some nice things last season; now let's not be a one season wonder!

Marlon Byrd....our lone All Star from last season tore up the Cactus League this spring.

Reed Johnson....returning to the Cubs as a back-up outfielder....I love this card from 2009....and I love any player that wears stirrups!


Aramis Ramirez...he will definitely need to rebound from a sub-par 2011

Starlin Castro....keep hitting and improve in the field please....but remember, he just turned 21 a couple weeks ago.

Darwin Barney...the surprise of the spring is that Barney will get most of the playing time at second base. The Cubs are going to be very inexperienced in the middle infield....hope that doesn't come back to bite them

Carlos we replaced Derrek Lee with a guy who hit below the Mendoza line.

Blake DeWitt....who lost the second base job to Darwin Barney, but has at autograph card.

Jeff Baker....your utility man


Geovany Soto....who was much better last season than in '09....we need more of that!

Koyie Hill...who still finds a way to make the roster despite a wet noodle for a bat


Ryan Dempster, the new #1 man, although he has been the #1 guy for the past three seasons

Carlos Zambrano....a new, happier least for a couple weeks

Matt Garza....we shall see

Randy Wells....needs to forget about 2010 and pitch like he did this spring

Andrew Cashner....did a nice job out of the pen last year and hopes to repeat that success as a starter. The big question is does he have the stamina to start?


Carlos Marmol....fewer walks this year, please!

Kerry Wood....welcome home!

Sean Marshall....our LOOGY, was really good last year, but hasn't had a Topps card yet this year.

Jeff Samardzija....this may be Spellcheck's last chance to prove he is a major league pitcher

John Grabow...the #2 lefty in the pen

James Russell...another lefty....don't expect too much, hope to be pleasantly surprised.

Marcos Mateo....the last man on the staff....last year had a 5.82 ERA in 21 appearances....will need to improve on that....the only player without any Topps card, so I made a couple cards for him. There is a Topps 2011 base card and a Heritage card complete with crappy fake background.

I have no idea what to expect from this group. As usual for a Cubs fan, I will hope for the best but expect the worst!


  1. I like the '11 base Mateo. How did you 'shop out the Opening Day logo?

  2. The base card wasn't from Opening Day. I made it from scratch.

  3. Chicago local Billy Dec is giving away tickets TONIGHT (3/31) to the Cubs opener. One pair of the tix are for ROW 1 AISLE 139. If you guys are interested, check out his Facebook for how to enter (choosing winners tonight!) just gotta post that you wanna go and gotta get lots of people to "like" the status. Good luck!

  4. Now that several players have come from Japan and returned to the NPB, with varying degrees of success, I wonder how long Fukudome is going to stick around in MLB. Tadahito Iguchi, Kenji Johjima, So Taguchi and Kazuhisa Ishii all went home and basically picked up where they left off. Kaz Matsui and Akinori Iwamura play their first season back this year. How long before Fukudome yearns to be an All-Star again?

  5. I think he will be back in Japan in 2012.