Thursday, April 1, 2021

Opening Day 2021

 And away we go!!! It's nice to have spring baseball and fans in the ballpark.  After opening on the road from 2016 - 2019, the Cubs open at Wrigley for the second consecutive season

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.

In italics is what I project the Cubs starting lineup will be today.  I'm writing this Wednesday night, but have yet to set the lineup posted anywhere.

Pitcher: Fergie Jenkins, 7 Opening Day starts.
Kyle Hendricks is making his second start today.

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


First Base (since 1900): Charlie Grimm and Mark Grace, 12 starts
Anthony Rizzo makes his ninth opening day start.  Will he sign a long-term extension so he can break the team record or will this be his last as a Cub?

Second Base: Ryne Sandberg, 13 starts
David Bote is making his second opening day start.

Shortstop: Shawon Dunston, 11 starts
Javier Baez makes his fifth opening day start, his third at shortstop

Third Base: Ron Santo, 13 starts
Kris Bryant makes his sixth opening day start

Left Field: Billy Williams, 10 starts
Joc Peterson is making his first opening day start.

Center Field (since 1900): Andy Pafko, 7 starts
Ian Happ is making his third opening day start

Right Field: Sammy Sosa, 12 starts
Jason Heyward makes his fifth opening day start in right field.


  1. Honorable mention to Ernie Banks’ 17 starts. When I checked I was surprised that Mordecai Brown never started an Opening Day.

  2. Here's to hoping that Opening Days aren't a predictor for the rest of the season. It was only a two run loss, but was a tough game to listen to yesterday.