The Cubs open the season on the road against the Angels,. I like them starting out west, with the warm California weather. What I don't like is the Pacific time zone, especially with a night game. They'll be starting at 10:00 here in Michigan. Luckily this week is spring break, so I can stay up late to watch the game.
To celebrate the Cubs opening day, I've got their all time opening day lineup. The lineup features a majority of the players from the '60's and later. That seems odd to me, considering the long history of the Cubs. In fact, of the entire lineup, I have seen all but three (Hartnett, Grimm and Pafko) of them play (and I'm not that old).
Here's what I did to pick the cards shown (when possible): This is Arrieta's first Opening Day start, so I've got the card from the season of Fergie's first Opening Day start. I could do the same with Grace, Sandberg, Dunston, Santo, Williams, and Sosa. I've also got the opening day count for today's Cubs lineup.
Pitcher: Fergie Jenkins, 7 Opening Day starts.
Jake Arrieta is making his first start today.
Catcher: Gabby Hartnett, 12 startsMiguel Montero is making his first Opening Day start
First Base (since 1900): Charlie Grimm and Mark Grace, 12 starts
Anthony Rizzo makes his fourth opening day start.
Second Base: Ryne Sandberg, 13 starts
Ben Zobrist makes his first opening day start.
Shortstop: Shawon Dunston, 11 starts
Addison Russell is making his first start
Third Base: Ron Santo, 13 starts
Kris Bryant makes his first opening day start
Kyle Schwarber is making his first opening day start.
Dexter Fowler makes his second opening day start
Right Field: Sammy Sosa, 12 starts
Jason Heyward is the starting right fielder for the first time