It's All About Us: Opening Day 2008 From A Cub Perspective

For an Opening Day loss to a bitter in-division rival in which our ace had to leave the game prematurely, our leadoff man looked overmatched, and our new closer was tagged for three runs in an inning, that was a pretty satisfying game. All the credit goes to you, Kosuke. Thanks.

But former and perhaps future Cubs had a hand in games all across the land, and there were other Cub connections evident on this, the true Opening Day 2008.

Here is a Cub-flavored summary of today's already completed games:


D-Backs 4, Reds 2
.
Dusty loses his first game in the Cincy dugout. Corey Patterson goes
0-for-4, but doesn't strike out. Not once. In the whole game.


Nats 11, Phillies 6
.
Following their one-game home series against the Braves, the Nationals
traveled to Philadelphia to play the Phils. I can't find any way to
connect this game to the Cubs, except for the fact that scheduling a
Cubs-Brewers game in Chicago in late March when there's a perfectly
adequate domed stadium 90 miles north of Chicago is asinine...much like
scheduling the Nationals for a one-game home stand and then sending
them on the road.


Mets 7, Marlins 2.
Angel Pagan started in left for the Mets and had a double, an RBI, and
a run scored in 3 AB. Former Cub Rickey Nolasco pitched three innings
of scoreless middle relief for Florida.


Dodgers 5, Giants 0.
Disabled former Cub Nomar Garciaparra sat this one out, which meant he
had absolutely no chance to pull, tear, sprain, or break anything new
today.


Rays 6, Orioles 2
.

On Day One-hundred-and-something of Brian Roberts Held Hostage, Roberts
reaches base four times in four AB's (2 singles and 2 walks), which is
four more times than the Cubs leadoff man reached on Monday afternoon.
Tampa Bay, which has supposedly shown interest in acquiring Matt Murton
from the Cubs, started former Cub farmhand Eric Hinske in right field,
which helps explain why the Rays have supposedly shown interest in
acquiring Matt Murton.


Royals 5, Tigers 4.
Jacque Jones starts in left for the Tigers and goes 0-for-4 and whiffs twice.


Indians 10, White Sox 8.
Next to Fukudome's heroics, hearing the cold dejection in Hawk
Harrelson's voice as the Indians torched Mark Buerhle for seven, second-inning runs made getting up this morning entirely worthwhile.


Mariners 5, Rangers 2.
Marlon Byrd, who finished second this off-season to Brian Roberts in
number of trade rumors connecting him to the Cubs, went 0-for-5 and
single-handedly stranded five runners, meaning he would have fit in
seamlessly with the Cubs offense today.


Twins 3, Angels 2.
Minnesota triumphed in an emotional homecoming for former favorite
son and now opponent, Torii Hunter. In one of the day's most poignant
moments, Hunter was given a standing ovation by the home fans, much the
way former Cub Jason Kendall was received this afternoon by the Wrigley
Field faithful. (I wasn't actually able to view all of the Cubs game today; I'm just
assuming.)

Comments

We're in last place.

I know. And the Brewers magic number is down to 161.

Boo, Wes.

On a more practical note, does anyone know where I can find a decent printable 2008 Cubs schedule? Especially one with the broadcast schedule on it? The one available on cubs.com has all the style of a 1988 Honda Accord.

Cubnut:
"that was a pretty satisfying game"

Not satisfying to me. Not sure how a loss can be satisfying especially when there was only a couple good things that came out of it and many more bad.

Go Cubs!

I think long after this season is over, we'll all remember the feeling of seeing Fukudome hit that homer. (Hope it's just the first of many Fuku-manufactured memories.) That's what I was referring to.

Hmm... fuku-manufacture... is that like fukkake?

Indeed, and I think we all know that Opening Day fukkake is the best of all.

It's satisfying to me because i don't think there's more than a 15% chance that our bullpen does that on a regular basis. If our 1-3 hitters can go a combined 1 for 15 only to lose in extras to the "2nd" best team in the NLC, i'll bet the ranch on a division title ... every time.

And how long until Pie replaces The Riot at leadoff? I say end of April, max...

Theriot V Pie leadoff debate is the epitome of a Giant Douche/Turd Sandwich choice

the cubs on my fantasy team:

theriot (he was available and my starter is on the friggin DL. go ahead and mock me.)
fukudome (whoo-hoo!)
marmol (yup)
wood (taking points AWAY from me. thanks woody!)

and not nearly a mention of Craig Monroe? I'm fairly disappointed in you Cubnut...

0-for-3. Utterly Monroe-like.

Great outing, but this cramping-type stuff is part of what I was talking about yesterday when I wrote it was time for Z to be an ace.

If it is really about drinking water, how can he be so stupid that he continues not to drink it? And if instead it is some physical problem he can't avoid, is this a question of him being wimpy? He is a "tough guy" in his speech and demeanor, but I want to see it where it matters, on the mound. If we have any chance at making a playoff run, he needs to be more reliable, in every way.

Coming out of a game because of a cramp in the pointer finger of your throwing hand doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the amount of pain you are willing to endure--it may simply keep you physically from executing your pitches the way you want to, and in a 0-0 game that's not okay.

If it is hydration-related, Z, like Angel Guzman, needs to realize that not liking to drink water isn't a good enough reason to be ill-prepared for a game--diet, hydration, conditioning and practice are all parts of preparation.

I still think that trading Angel Pagan is going to be one of those things we look back on at the end of the year and think, Gee, that was sort of dumb.

Instead of Pagan, we are paying Reed Johnson more money to play worse defense in center field, be slower on the bases, and have only slightly more pop. Maybe he gives us a better batting average. Maybe. The Pagan for minor leaguers sure looked like Hendry making trades just to make trades.

Not so sure that Reed Johnson plays worse defense than Pagan, and I would say that Johnson is a better hitter.

Pagan has one tool - speed, and he doesn't even use that tool very well.

Absolutely.

Pagan is positively Murtonian in the OF.

He has a better name, tho.

By the way... Pagan has a career minor league line of .280/.337/.373.

That is just plain bad.

"Not satisfying to me. Not sure how a loss can be satisfying especially when there was only a couple good things that came out of it and many more bad."

Manny, in mid-season form...

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  • Have fun - It may be good for Arrieta to be facing a team that doesn't know him as well as the NL teams. A nice shutout would do wonders for his confidence. He is confident in public but baseball is hard and he could use a boost, I'm sure.

    Old and Blue 8 min 17 sec ago view
  • Me too. I'll be at the game tomorrow and would love to see Good Arrieta.

    Brick 32 min 56 sec ago view
  • Last few games have been the April version of the Cubs that disappeared completely the past two months.
    Hope they can sustain it.

    blockhead25 59 min 30 sec ago view
  • Don't sell yourself short, Judge.

    Jackstraw 1 hour 26 min ago view
  • I love this team.

    Looks like Mother Nature is trying to call this fight.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 54 min ago view
  • Hey! I remember this team!

    billybucks 3 hours 3 min ago view
  • The key for Heyward's offense: get early leads. Heard a stat on Mike & Mike on the way to work that his avg/power much better this year when the Cubs have the lead. And true to form he gets the two run dinger with Cubs winning 3-0 ...

    Eric S 4 hours 29 min ago view
  • I'm sorry - I was probably not looking at the correct line, or spot, or...who knows!

    I could blame it on the weed, but I stopped smoking many years ago.

    Fortunately, I can rely on the rest of you sober and astute folks to bring the correct info forth.

    The E-Man 4 hours 56 min ago view
  • Oh yeah! It just felt like one for some reason.

    Old and Blue 6 hours 2 min ago view
  • Agreed. I was not including Fowler or Heyward.

    I'm just not a fan of 2016 Coghlan.....

    Dusty Baylor 6 hours 9 min ago view
  • @Dusty Contreras if it's a Lester or Arrieta start. TLS is good PH too. You also forgot about Heyward, assume Fowler is CF.

    chitownmvp01 6 hours 10 min ago view
  • I expect Soler to get optioned as well when activated and Cahill to replace Grimm. It wouldn't surprise me if Coghlan and/or Soler is included in a trade.

    Maybe Coghlan is up to see if he can get on track before someone acquires him.

    This move could also be to assure that we have as much OF depth as possible to maximize Joe's ability to rest players in September once we've clinched.

    chitownmvp01 6 hours 12 min ago view
  • Maddon basically said as much...Fowler still kind of sore, they're being proactive, etc.

    Tito 6 hours 15 min ago view
  • La Stella at 2B...Baez at 3B, or vice versa. Zobrist in RF, Bryant in LF No one gets bumped.

    Dusty Baylor 6 hours 23 min ago view
  • If Coghlan is leading off, I assume Fowler is getting the day off. Who is supposed to lead off, then? Someone has to get on base for Bryant and Rizzo. Coghlan's OBP is .346 with the Cubs. Jackson's was .304. LaStella can lead off, but then he has to play second or third, and bump Zobrist or Baez.

    Unless he gets hot, Coghlan will likely change places with Soler soon.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 24 min ago view
  • I suspect the Cubs asked Chris Coghlan if he would accept an Optional Assignment to the minors and he refused (Coghlan has one minor league option left), so either you keep LaStella on the 25 and release Coghlan, or option LaStella to AAA for about a month and have both LaStella and Coghlan available in September-October. (As an Article XIX-A player, Coghlan must give his permission before he can be optioned to the minors, while LaStella has not accrued enough MLB Service Time to refuse an optional assignment).

    Arizona Phil 6 hours 45 min ago view