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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  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 28 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 30 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 40 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 3 hours 23 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 8 hours 8 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 8 hours 9 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 17 hours 51 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 20 hours 48 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 21 hours 1 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 21 hours 10 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 21 hours 15 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 21 hours 33 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 22 hours 10 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 22 hours 27 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 22 hours 29 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 22 hours 47 min ago view