Let's forget Sunday
Monday is a special day
Cubs Home Opener
Thirteen was not Jeff Samardzija's lucky number on Sunday. Although he struck out the first six Braves he faced and threw a career record 13 K's in just 5-2/3 innings, the Cubs best starting pitcher (!) had given up 4 runs by the time Dale Sveum pulled him. The anemic Cubs offense (team batting average .175 - only the Pirates are worse) provided just one early run. The Braves added another run in the 8th to beat the Cubs 5-1.
But enough about Sunday. Let's turn our attention to Monday.
Tickets are still available for Opening Day at Wrigley Field, so there's a good chance it won't be a sellout (the first time since 1997 the Cubs haven't had a capacity crowd for their home opener) but for "Committed" Cubs fans, it's one of the most exciting days of the season - even if the first week of the season has already dampened our spring optimism.
And although there's a chance of rain, temperatures could be in the 60s. I'm still dressing in layers and bringing my Cubs blanket. But if we're lucky, the Cubs offense will heat things up a bit. And if we're really lucky, the Cubs new closer Kyuji Fujikawa will get his second save of the season.
Will you be at the asylum with the rest of us this afternoon?
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