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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  • oh yeah...thanks joe/billy.

    poor outing, still got the win, go cubs.

    crunch 17 min 20 sec ago view
  • Although it felt like it, Jake didn't lose to them -- he got the W. (Assuming you are referring to Monday's game)

    billybucks 1 hour 57 min ago view
  • Arrieta didn't lose to the Reds. He got the win -- he just didn't pitch like we expect him to.

    JoePepitone 1 hour 58 min ago view
  • almora's 1st HR!

    crunch 2 hours 6 min ago view
  • it's not like this CIN team is lost-cause horrible, but aside from defense and power this is a truly horrible team.

    kinda crazy arrieta lost to them and yesterday's game had to go 15 innings for the cubs win.

    crunch 2 hours 22 min ago view
  • It looked like Hamilton got screened by Duvall and that Duvall just barely deflected the ball off of his glove--redirecting it slightly without taking away much of its momentum.

    At least it didn't turn into a Schwarber/Fowler situation. Hamilton and Duvall are both pretty important youngish players for the Reds.

    Charlie 2 hours 30 min ago view
  • he walked off the field on his own. aside from a concussion watch and some attention to his leg/knee that buckled a bit under him, the biggest thing hurt was probably his pride after the ball knocked off his skull.

    crunch 2 hours 48 min ago view
  • After last night, an inside-the-park HR seems kind of run-of-the-mill somehow.

    Sounds bad for Hamilton. Hope he's okay--listening on the radio.

    Brick 3 hours 5 min ago view
  • SHOW ME THE MONEY:  Jose Albertos has signed with Mega-Agent Scott Boras.

    Albertos has already received his signing bonus and won't see any additional significant money until he reaches the big leagues,  so this is a long-term investment for the Boras Corporation.  

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 12 min ago view
  • I am glad Joe is managing this team and not Old and Blue!

    Hagsag 5 hours 34 min ago view
  • Baez had Maddon's ass last night. I didn't hear the reason for taking Contreras out last night but whatever game management thingy it was, you don't take out your second hottest hitter. Or is he third? Anyway, you don't take him out. The guy can probably play anywhere in the field, anyway. Did anybody see that nice catch in left he made? I don't think he got a late start on that, just tracked it damn well for a catcher.

    Old and Blue 7 hours 29 min ago view
  • Per Fangraphs...

    Bryant took over NL lead in WAR after yesterday's effort. 3.9. Rizzo's at 2.8 and 8th in the league. Rizzo actually with better offensive numbers (161 wRC+ versus 146 for Bryant), but Bryant gets a good bump because of defense and position(s) played.

    Fowler with a 2.8 WAR as well (9th), Zobrist with a 2.7 (14th).

    M. Carpenter leads NL with 163 wRC+ just ahead of Rizzo who is 2nd.

    Rob G. 13 hours 31 min ago view
  • Amen

    jacos 15 hours 9 min ago view
  • @jonahkeri Joe Maddon living out Joe Maddon fanfic IRL tonight

    Rob G. 15 hours 30 min ago view
  • yes. I was at the Sean Marshall game in LF. Lou Piniella was managing. StL won 4-2, so I guess it didn't help but it was zany. Soriano/Reed Johnson and Marshall were the LF's.

    http://m.mlb.com/news/article/5854550/

    7-12-09

    http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?id=290712316

    On a 6 degrees of separation note: Cubs got Travis Wood in the trade that sent Sean Marshall to Cincy.

    Cubster 15 hours 40 min ago view
  • Make that 1-7, 4 RBI.

    billybucks 15 hours 40 min ago view