Boy, that would have been special.
The Cubs teased us with a 9th inning rally today, Opening Day at Wrigley, entering the inning down 7-2. Unfortunately the game ended on a deep fly ball to right by Starlin Castro – a fly ball that would have won the game if the wind hadn’t completely shifted direction in time for the Cubs’ rally. Castro had already just missed two homers earlier in the game – one of which literally hit the rim of the left field basket.
I guess baseball is supposed to be exciting, and this game was. But damn if the ending didn’t sting.
Edwin Jackson’s Wrigley debut sure didn’t go as he’d hoped. He seemed to be having grip problems in the first inning, and he was all over the place after allowing two early singles. That led to four runs, and a huge hole – even on a windy day. He settled down after that, and look pretty good over the next five innings, but the damage was largely done. Shawn Camp didn’t help things immediately after Jackson, either.
Norichika Aoki continues to destroy the Cubs.
But … ugh. Grumble.
After his first two near misses, I added Castro to my team for Friday’s contest. (Seriously, I did. You should de-stress by signing up for the free $300 contest, too. It’s more fun with more of you involved. And I need fun.)