Thursday, March 29, 2018

It's Opening Day 2018!

And away we go!!! Let's get the second title in three years!

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).

Pitcher: Fergie Jenkins, 7 Opening Day starts.
Jon Lester is making his third start today.

Catcher: Gabby Hartnett, 12 starts
Willson Contreras is making his second Opening Day start


First Base (since 1900): Charlie Grimm and Mark Grace, 12 starts
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.


  1. It keeps amazing me that this "team" is only a couple of years old. Go Cubs!

  2. Replies
    1. Don't forget Banks split his career between SS and 1B.

  3. I'm sure I'm in the minority... but I really miss seeing Sosa in right field and stepping into the batter's box.