The Cubs open the season on the road again this year. This is the second season in a row that they've opened away from the friendly confines. My guess is that with all the off-season renovations, the Cubs asked to have their home opener a little later to give the construction work a little more time.
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).
All of the cards that I picked this year are cards that were issued by the Cubs.. I've also got the opening day count for today's Cubs lineup. The interest thing with the Cubs current lineup is that though they are the defending WS champs, Anthony Rizzo is the only player with more than two Cubs opening day starts. It is a very young lineup!
Jon Lester is making his second start today.
Catcher: Gabby Hartnett, 12 starts
Willson Contreras is making his first Opening Day start
Anthony Rizzo makes his fifth opening day start.
Second Base: Ryne Sandberg, 13 starts
Javier Baez makes his first opening day start.
Shortstop: Shawon Dunston, 11 starts
Addison Russell is making his second start
Third Base: Ron Santo, 13 starts
Kris Bryant makes his second opening day start
Left Field: Billy Williams, 10 starts
Kyle Schwarber is making his second opening day start.
Center Field (since 1900): Andy Pafko, 7 starts
Jason Heyward makes his first opening day start in center field, his second overall as a Cub
Right Field: Sammy Sosa, 12 starts
Ben Zobrist is the starting right fielder for the first time.