Opening Day At Wrigley Field

Here's today's Opening Day starters per's game notes:
P: Ryan Dempster
C: Geovany Soto
1B: Carlos Pena
2B: Darwin Barney
3B: Aramis Ramirez
SS: Starlin Castro
LF: Alfonso Soriano
RF: Kosuke Fukudome
CF: Marlon Byrd
I imagine I should not be surprised to see Darwin Barney starting at second base today. He had a great spring, and since that sample size was exceedingly small and thoroughly out of context (he hit well against pitchers trying new pitches and minor leaguers trying to prove they belong in AAA, all the while in wind-tossed Spring Training mini-fields).

In all honesty, though, Barney's supposed to be an elite defender. And since Baker swings like a girl (or me) against right-handed pitchers, it's not a bad idea to see what we've got here in AAA Barney.

Meanwhile, the Pirates are sending out Kevin Correia against us today. Correia has spent the 8 years pitching unspectacularly for West Coast teams -- 6 years with the San Francisco Giants, 2 years with the San Diego Padres. It sure was nice of the Pittsburgh Pirates to send him to the mound for Opening Day at Wrigley.

Of course, now that I've said that, we can now expect Correia to throw 8 shut out innings.

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  1. Well that was frustrating as hell. Reminds me of game 1 of the '08 NLDS.

  2. In symbolic value, they were both devastating. Game 1 of the 2008 NLDS marked the beginning of the end for the Cubs playoff-capable roster.

    In the same way, today's loss may well mark the beginning of the end of the Jim Hendry regime.

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  4. Begging your pardon, Brad, but game 1 was devastating for far more than its symbolism. The Cubs were the best team in the postseason tournament that year. They win that game, and maybe they win the series. And then who knows?
    /Still hurting.