Thoughts on Opening Day 2010When I started piecing ideas together for a blog that summarized the first full day of the 2010 Major League Baseball season, I tried my hardest not to include the phrase, "championships are not won or lost on opening day," however, the Chicago Cubs played the Atlanta Braves this afternoon.
Championships are not won or lost on opening day. The Cubs were simply pummeled today. When the dust settled and the bodies were dragged off the field, the Braves had won the game 16-5. Sadly, the Cubs lead 3-0 in the top of the first inning. When Marlon Byrd belted a 3-run homer to center in his first at bat with the Cubs, it looked like a good start to the season. Once the bottom half was played, the game was over. Carlos Zambrano just wasn't an ace today. At least he kept his promise to keep his head on straight. I was waiting for that meltdown, and it never happened. Bravo, Carlos. We're all proud of you. Let's just call it a day and say we're 0-1 this season. I haven't confirmed this, but this was the highest total of runs the Cubs have ever surrendered on opening day. The previous record was 15 from the 1880s.
The White Sox, on the other hand, had a tremendous game against the Cleveland Indians. Mark Buerhle was phenomenal on the mound. He pitched seven scoreless innings to record the win. Paul Konerko won the game with his 2-run homer in the bottom of the first. They went on to win 6-0. I know I mentioned this in a blurb, but Buerhle may have made the play of the season on opening day.
Listening to the radio on the drive home, I was amazed how many Sox fans wanted Buehrle to finish the game and record a complete game shutout. I understand the desire to watch a pitcher finish a game, but you still have 161 games to go. For goodness sake, leave something in the tank for his next start. Arms are fragile, especially when that arm belongs to your ace. Settle down, folks. Today wasn't Game 7 of the World Series.
On the fantasy watch, I had an incredible day. Pitchers recorded big wins and gave up minimal runs. Sluggers belted home runs and piled up some solid RBI.