The Cubs open the season on the road again this year, for the third consecutive season. 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).
Jon Lester is making his third start today.
Catcher: Gabby Hartnett, 12 starts
Willson Contreras is making his second Opening Day start
Anthony Rizzo makes his sixth opening day start.
Second Base: Ryne Sandberg, 13 starts
Javier Baez makes his second opening day start.
Shortstop: Shawon Dunston, 11 starts
Addison Russell is making his third start
Third Base: Ron Santo, 13 starts
Kris Bryant makes his third opening day start
Left Field: Billy Williams, 10 starts
Kyle Schwarber is making his third opening day start.
Center Field (since 1900): Andy Pafko, 7 starts
Ian Happ is making his opening day debut in center field
Right Field: Sammy Sosa, 12 starts
Jason Heyward makes his second opening day start in right field.