Happy Opening Day...Sort ofToday is my favorite holiday, it's Major League Baseball's Opening Day for most teams. The defending World Series champions, the Boston Red Sox, opened against the Oakland Athletics in Japan earlier in the week. Last night, the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals played an unheard of one-game series to open the new Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Since the Nationals won with a game-winning home run by Ryan Zimmerman, can they claim a series sweep? Would have been cool if fans brought brooms last night. Just a technicality.
Anyway, the Chicago Cubs open at Wrigley Field this afternoon against the Milwaukee Brewers. I mentioned in my hand-written Earth Hour blog that Susan is going to the game today with a group from her office for a team-building exercise. Unfortunately, the forecast isn't looking favorable.
I haven't attended a Cubs home opener since 1997. Does anyone remember the start to that season? Yes, that was the 0-13 start. When the Cubs played their home opener, they were already 0-7. If that wasn't bad enough, the game was so cold. I couldn't wear enough layers, or drink enough hot chocolate. The Florida Marlins won 5-3. On top of that, the white-haired, mopped-top gentleman sitting next to me was a spitting image of the leader from Heaven's Gate.
Last season, we did attend the Texas Rangers' home opener in Arlington, a suburb of Dallas. They beat the Red Sox 2-0. Strange weather there, too. Outside the ballpark was freezing. I remember debating if my sweatshirt was going to be warm enough. Turns out that inside the park was an oven and I walked away with sunburn. Can't explain that feat of science.
My first opening day was back in 1990. Thanks to a pre-season labor dispute between the owners and players' union, the first few games were rescheduled. Due to this, the Cubs and White Sox opened at home on the same day. This was the final opening day at old Comiskey Park, and first home opener at under the lights for the Cubs.
Any opening day memories or traditions?