Cubs Opening Day Lineup Quiz

Reader Lawhide created a quiz on the Cubs Opening Day lineups from 1990-2009. I scored a 151.

Here's the link. 

As not to ruin the quiz for you, I'll mention my screw-ups in the comments.


mad that I missed Girardi, Orie and Rey Sanchez the most...

got the full lineups from 2003-2009, except 2006 where I missed Pierre and Cedeno.

Got every Opening Day Starting pitcher except Bullinger, Mulholland and Navarro.
also missed Villanueva, Salazar, Nieves, DeShields, Bullett, Maldonado, Santiago, Hernandez, Gaetti, Andrews, Mueller, White, Stynes

if anyone says they got Chris Stynes or Bullett, they're lying...unless they are or are related to them.

I got Bullett, but only because ESPN replayed an opening day game loss against the Padres a few months back. Chris Stynes, never would have got. Happy that I remembered Gary Scott and Kevin Orie, but swore Ron Coomer was our opening day 3b in 2001.

nope, you're lying :)

I'll admit I did put Roosevelt Brown down first...

Only got 101, but I did get one on you... Mueller.

Also figured out that I have successfully blocked the Michael Barrett era out of my brain....


My best run was for 1990-92 and 2003-09. Says something about how brutal the mid to late 90's teams were. Also about how my life was falling apart in '98-99. (Sigh)

did your life come back together?

yeah, mid to late 90's I was too busy in college and annoyed by the Cubs for the most part...

"did your life come back together? "

Well, maybe about halfway. I stopped the bleeding and I'm still in the middle of a long term salvage job. Thanks for your concern...and sorry about going off topic.

Go Cubs!

Got only 2 from 2001. Once the answers were revealed I understood why. That is one hellaciously bad team.

that was in first place for the most of the season...truly incredible.

Best Sammy year ever went a long way to help that team. 120 score for me. Awful on the pitchers. I forgot Jon Lieber for goodness sakes.

My second favorite Astro after JR Richards.


I forgot Barrett and Pierre.

Only 3 guys from 2002.

And couldn't spell Grudzlianack if you held a gun to my head.

162 out of 180

Missed Morandini and Tuffy Rhodes

Thanks for posting the quiz as a blog entry! I had way too much fun making it. For the record, even though I created the quiz and should know the answers, my highest score taking it is 138. There's just so many easily forgettable names.

and thanks for making that... super awesome.

per the Dallas Star-Telegram:

Rudy's set a free-agent hitting coach

Rudy Jaramillo, who has been the Rangers' hitting coach the past 15 seasons, turned down a one-year offer to remain with the club this morning and won't be back in 2010. An offer had been made by general manager Jon Daniels and team president Nolan Ryan late last week, and Jaramillo mulled his future over the weekend and the first two days of this week.

1 year deal...nice...mark grace approves.

I actually laughed out loud when I read this. I was pissed when the cubs let maddux get away; I was downright considering turning in my fan card over Grace, and really didn't watch the cubs for '01-02 partially because of that. Great comment.

cubswillwin09 wrote:

I really would like some comments back from you guys. This is my 2010 Cubs team if I was in hendrys seat. B. Roberts 2b, Crawford rf, lee 1b, rameriz 3b, derosa ss, soriano lf, fukodome cf, soto c. theriot, baker, hill, fuld, R.Johnson the starters: zambrano, dempster, liily, wells, groz the reliever: grabow, marshall, berg, caridad, guzman, marmol, and samarj I think this is a excellent lineup. Has speed, some left handed bats, power, and if soriano and soto have pick it up next year, this might be just as good as the yankees.

10/14/2009 4:08:25 PM

" B. Roberts 2b, Crawford "

George Costanza School of GM's.

yes, that's why you avoid that place.

i'm also of the opinion that people that respond to stories on general news sites should be banned from breeding, even to the point of destroying their already born. yeah, i got opinions.

Why not Pujols, Lincecum and Arod while were at it?

I'm sorry, they don't bat lefty...

nice look at other teams that have PSL's...

the cubs really could use a new stadium if they want to be a continuously high-spending team.

boston is going to have to give up fenway someday, too.

both will most likely happen within our lifetime.

Thanks for the linkage, Rob.

If the Cubs can start playing nice with the city and make some changes to the exterior of the ball park that will allow them to expand the concourses and provide better concessions and conceivable room for a luxury PSL section, they can make Wrigley work for awhile.

With the Tribune pretty much out of the way, I think the relations will improve with the city. It's no secret that Daley and the Tribune don't always get along and I have a feeling that a lot of his screwing the Cubs was actually him screwing the Tribune by way of the Cubs.

I think a lot of people think it's because he's a Sox fan, but from everyting I've heard from folks who know him, he barely even cares about baseball anymore. The 1994 strike soured him completely. If that is true, suddenly he has a lot of reasons to be nice to the Cubs. No Olympics are coming, so he needs to keep them in the city to keep that money here and not out in the suburbs.

It will be very interesting to see how things go forward.

Side note.... Is this the author of the former best part of Vineline (you know, that part that NEVER should have gone away)???

I like the idea of a veteran addition to the bullpen, since they typically take 1-year deals for reasonable $$. Cubs need a nutz 8th inning man in support of Marmol, and a decent RH middle reliever. I'm assuming Guzman/Grabow is your RH/LH 7th inning pre-setup combo, Marshall is the long man, and a plug-and-play Iowa kid is the last, 7th man in the pen.

So for the 8th inning job, Billy Wagner and John Smoltz both want to pitch again, Wagner in particular really intrigues me. He's a NL guy, is familiar with the NL Central, and that LH fastball would be a nice complement to Marmol in the 9th. The only real hangup I see is that both Wagner and Smoltz may not want to accept an 8th inning role, but otherwise either makes sense for the Cubs.

For middle relief, I could mention that we had the perfect guy and dumped him for nothing (Wuertz), but then that's 3/44.

Wagner should be some team's closer next year, I'd take him over any of the free agent closers out there...

True about Wuertz, and nice use of 3/44.

Thought I read Wagner was debating retirement, though.

I would take Rafael Soriano or Mike Gonzalez before Wagner, and each of them are free agents and younger.

...and will also cost more $$. Cubs have a budget and have several holes to fill, so can't go nutso with the $$ on a bullpen pitcher. I do like Gonzalez though....

the thing is I don't think Wagner will be cheap, cheap in you could get him for a 1 yr deal maybe and an option, but he should easily get $7M+...he looked fantastic coming back and TJ surgery isn't something to worry too much about.

Not sure if the demand for Wagner will be that high, but it may take that much money to get him not to retire. He's never come off as a real fanatic, so I wouldn't be surprised if he retired. I would be very surprised if he took a one year $2 million guaranteed deal.

his agent announced today wagner will be seeking a deal for 2010, fwiw. there was some retirement talk after the loss, but that seems to be premature on wagner's part.

Yeah, it will come down to the money. He's going to be out of the Cubs budget.

I'd focus on Kerry Wood if I were Hendry. Trade Marmol for a middle infielder or center fielder. Wonder if we could get Pie back?

Sell low much?

seems pretty fantastic to me...

WHIP below or at 1 for the most part, K/9 over 10, ERA below 3...rinse and repeat

yes, he's getting older and yes he's coming off injury, but he doesn't look the least bit worse for wear from it at the moment....

and no the Cubs shouldn't be going there, just don't think he'd settle for a set-up role with the Cubs when I'm sure someone will give him a chance to close.

The only piece on my off-season wish list is Johnny Gomes. He isn't going to cost you alot and worst case he is your LHP destroyer off the bench.

Depending on who we get for CF, he mikes an ideal platoon partner for Fuku. If not, let him flail away in RF fulltime.

Your not going to find everything you want in one player this off-season with the budget constraints this team has. Any player you get is going to have his positives and negatives.

Gomes has all the makings of the next Craig Wilson (someone I did once pine for)...

the demand for guys who can hit lefties that can't play defense isn't very high...think we're set with Jake Fox there anyway if they wanted to go that route.

you suck MLB...

no better way to lose interest in your product then to not have it reason there shouldn't be a game tonight. makes for a slow moving offseason. if COL makes it to the WS that should be interesting baseball weather...not like philly or NY will be too much better.

it's been raining and 50 degrees the last 2 days here in L.A....

Oh boo hoo, Rob ;) It's been December since October 1st here in Chicago.

142, I lost about 2 minutes trying to spell Grudzlielank, Buechelle and ... bellhorn. For some reason I was determined to spell the last with 1 'L'.

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  • That's a hell of a first impression by Montgomery. Brian Cashman having a good laugh on that debut.

    Eric S 7 hours 32 min ago view
  • ...and it's a 3 run homer.

    hey, vogelbomb had a HR on his 1st game with SEA AAA, too!

    crunch 7 hours 52 min ago view
  • montgomery comes on with men on 1st/2nd, 2 out, in the 8th.

    crunch 7 hours 54 min ago view
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    "Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports reports Chris Sale was sent home from U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday after cutting up throwback jerseys that he did not want to wear.

    crunch 8 hours 1 min ago view
  • I thought the same. It'd be great luck to face these non-contenders after the trade deadline.

    Charlie 9 hours 44 min ago view
  • ...why isn't j.lucroy playing for TEX yet?


    2r HR on a 12-pitch AB.

    crunch 10 hours 18 min ago view
  • nathan to join the cubs tomorrow.

    crunch 10 hours 52 min ago view
  • Wow in deed.

    Rob Richardson 10 hours 56 min ago view
  • FOX Sports @MLBONFOX
    Chris Sale was scratched from tonight's scheduled start due to a clubhouse incident before the game

    he was sent home by the team, too. the wsox released a press statement and everything. they stated it was non-physical in nature.

    crunch 11 hours 1 min ago view
  • He was scratched from his start today. No reason given.

    Rob Richardson 11 hours 6 min ago view
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    johann 12 hours 10 min ago view
  • sale's skills and insane value makes it almost too hard to have a market for the guy...he's got 3/38m owed to him over 3 seasons (2 team options). he could easily pull in 30m/yr if he was on the market as a FA.

    he's throwing a bit differently this season, especially with more sliders and less changeups like earlier in his career, but all his stuff still looks great even if the HRs are a little elevated and the Ks are down.

    crunch 14 hours 5 min ago view
  • Torres, Happ, McKinney, Jimenez, and Candelario for Sale. Deal or no deal?

    "The White Sox are reportedly asking for “five top prospects” for Chris Sale, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports."

    John Beasley 14 hours 18 min ago view
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    Charlie 14 hours 49 min ago view
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    crunch 15 hours 4 min ago view
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    Charlie 18 hours 58 min ago view