Are you ready for some morning baseball to kick off the 2018 season?
Today, ESPN announced its slate of Opening Day baseball games, and the Cubs-Marlins tilt in Miami takes the top billing:
ESPN announces that THE first game of the 2018 MLB season will be Cubs-Marlins. pic.twitter.com/Ml1GJzDrUT
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) November 21, 2017
For those of you in Chicago, that’s 11:30 am CT for the Opener. On a Thursday. Day drinking!
… er, I mean, come now. Let’s be responsible.
So, it’s an awkward time for the Cubs’ opener, to be sure, but at least it’s kinda cool that they’re the first to go. Would I prefer an evening start? Yup. Very much. But we’ll all be so desperate for Cubs baseball by then that kicking things off first might feel good.
Unlike years past, you’ll be happy to know that Cubs baseball continues immediately after Opening Day – no lame off-day the next day! – with Cubs-Marlins continuing through that weekend. The Cubs then head to Cincinnati for two, to Milwaukee for four, and then open up at Wrigley Field against the Pirates on April 9.