3/31 Barney excited about start
Darwin Barney didn’t have any butterflies on Thursday. We’ll have to wait and see Friday when the rookie starts for the Cubs at second on Opening Day against the Pirates.
“No butterflies yet but I’m excited,” Barney said after Thursday’s workout at Wrigley Field. “It’s a great opportunity but there’s one thing on my mind and that’s trying to win the ballgame and I think that’s what this whole team is looking to do. We’re looking to get off to a good start.
“There are a couple other guys who deserved it as well,” Barney said. “They’ll contribute, if not tomorrow or the next day. I feel fortunate.”
Barney started two games at second base last season at Triple-A Iowa, playing primarily at shortstop.
“Coming into spring, it’s not really what I was expecting to be at the end but about midway through I felt very comfortable at second base, which was new for me,” he said. “The time in the offseaon I spent working at it and thinking about it paid off.”
— Carrie Muskat