Cubs start season off right

From the second pitch of the game in yesterday’s season opener at Minute Maid Park in Houston, the 2009 Chicago Cubs got off to the start they need to in order to fulfill their lofty exptectations for this year. Alfonso Soriano batting leadoff belted the second pitch from Roy Oswalt out of the park to put the Cubs up by a run before the echos of the National Anthem had subsided completely. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about, baby!

The opener went just like they draw it up: take an early lead, add on here and there, Big Z keeps you in the game, Marmol in the 8th, Gregg in the 9th to close out the victory.  We will see this scenario play out many times this year, but few are more important than getting that very first win of the season.  I think that goes a long way toward getting those early butterflies out and shaking off that off-season rust.

No, this Cubs team will not run the table undefeated(!) as some on Facebook are suggesting. But it sure is good to have baseball back for real and the Cubs in the win column to boot.

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    April 7, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: game day, game strategy, observations

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