A Day of Firsts: Cubs get First Win, Colvin Homers at First Major League AB, Soriano gets Nervous, Piniella Confused

The Cubs won their first game of the season, 2-1 against Atlanta Thursday Night.

Tyler Colvin homered at his first major league at-bat leaving many (including myself) to question trotting Soriano to start in LF; not because of the home run from Colvin but also because he had a great spring (.468 OBP, .753 SLG...ok, he had some strikeouts).

Although Soriano praised Colvin and his work ethic, he had this to say about Piniella's decision to rest him:

"I hope he can tell everybody the night before, because this game is tough mentally," he said. "If you can get a mental rest for one day, it's good for you. But he's the manager, and he doesn't make the lineup the day before, he makes it the same day we play."

Meanwhile...Lou is confused on what to do with his outfield.

Photo Courtesy of Chicago Tribune.

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  1. It's great to see Colvin flexing some muscle, but -- like I mentioned on Facebook:

    That's impressive, but it's also just one game. On September 19, 2000, one day after he made his major league debut, Corey Patterson hit a clutch, game-tying homerun. Needless to say, his career was downhill from there.

  2. Great reference to Patterson.

    I don't believe in sample sizes for this year. ESPECIALLY considering our past sample size (seasons) say the same thing; over paid, underproducing players who cant run the bases or manufacture runs and who play shotty defense.

    Let the youth revolution BEGIN!

  3. I'm all for letting the young guys play, but it's a decision that had to be made in the offseason and not after 3 or 4 games. I was actually in favor of trading Lee, Ramirez, Dempster and anybody else who teams wanted. Once they made the decision to play the veteran team, they have to play the veterans. It may not be fair to the young guys, but it's also not fair to the veterans who could have been traded to a team that would have played them every day.

    The Cubs felt an 83 or 85 win team was good enough for some reason.

    Here's the way I see it with Colvin specifically: Let him show he's better than Marlon Byrd. We want Colvin in CF, because his offense is just not going to play well in a corner and he won't have much value as a corner outfielder. He could have value as a CF though. If he shows he's better than Marlon Byrd and one of Soriano or Fukudome are struggling, put Colvin in CF every day and put Byrd in one of the other spots.

    At this point, the way the team is set up, I don't want to give a young guy anything. The time to do that was in the offseason and the Cubs chose not to so this is how I think they have to play it out. I was disappointed they didn't trade as many veterans as possible once it became clear they were not going to invest any money in this team. Very disappointed.

  4. I'm with mb21 on this one.

    If things turn sour and the Cubs are far behind by the ASG, then we might end up shipping Lee (or such players) -- which means we will have lost a half-season's value in the trade because any team receiving Lee will do so knowing that they are receiving only a half-year of production (unless Lee re-signs, which is not given and unlikely).

    If things go crazy and we still have a shot by the break, then we will tragically keep Lee until he walks in free agency at the end of the year. Oh, and the Cubs still miss the playoffs (barring a wave of injuries to the Cardinals' pitching staff).