Results tagged ‘ Opening Day ’

11/14 Cubs season opener now April 5

The Cubs are moving up the start of the 2015 season. The Cubs and ESPN announced that the 2015 opener at Wrigley Field will be played Sunday, April 5, to accommodate Major League Baseball’s Opening Night and an exclusive national television broadcast. The game versus the Cardinals now will start at 7:05 p.m. CT and air on ESPN2. This will mark the first Opening Night in Wrigley Field history.

Due to the shift, the Cubs-Cardinals opening series will be as follows:

Sunday, April 5: 7:05 p.m. vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Monday, April 6: OFF DAY

Tuesday, April 7: 7:05 p.m. vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Wednesday, April 8: 1:20 p.m. vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Thursday, April 9: OFF DAY

— Carrie Muskat

4/5 Opening Day facts & figures

* The Cubs are 74-60-2 on Opening Day, including 29-22-2 as the home team, which includes a win in 2000 when they began the season in Japan.

* The earliest season opener was March 29, 2000, in Japan. The latest was May 8, 1877, when they edged Hartford, 6-5.

* The most runs scored in a season opener is 16, set April 5, 2005, against the Diamondbacks. The Cubs have been shutout five times, most recently April 5, 1993, against the Braves.

* The longest season opener was a 13-inning contest, done twice: April 30, 1886, against Kansas City, and April 5, 1988, against the Braves.

* The largest margin of victory was 14 runs in a 15-1 win over Lousville on April 14, 1899.

* On April 17, 1934, Lon Warneke threw a one-hitter in the season opener against Cincinnati. The last Cubs pitcher to toss a complete game (and shutout) on Opening Day was Bill Bonham, who beat the Phillies, 2-0, on April 9, 1974

* The Cubs are opening at Wrigley in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1993-94. In ’93, the Cubs lost to Greg Maddux and the Braves. He was making his first start for Atlanta. In ’94, Tuffy Rhodes hit three home runs against the Mets but the Cubs lost, 12-8.

* Ryan Dempster will try to avoid being the first Cubs pitcher to take back-to-back Opening Day losses since Mike Morgan, who lost the ’93 and ’94 openers.

* The Cubs have played 221 games against the three National League clubs that have represented Washington, D.C., but this will be the first time they will face a club from the nation’s capitol on Opening Day. The Cubs did open the season against the Nationals when they were the Montreal Expos three times, most recently April 2, 2001. The Cubs were to have opened against the Expos in 1972 but the start of the season was delayed because of a players’ strike.  In 1974, the Cubs were scheduled to play at Montreal’s Jarry Park but both games of the series were postponed because of inclement weather.

* Did you know that 1,895 players have appeared in a game for the Cubs? Of them, 316 players made their Cubs debut on Opening Day. Last year, Carlos Pena was the only player to make his Cubs debut on Opening Day.

* Geovany Soto will be making his fifth consecutive Opening Day start behind the plate. The last Cubs catcher with a longer streak was Jody Davis (six times, 1983-1988).

* Ian Stewart will make his first Opening Day start at third as a Cub, ending Aramis Ramirez’ eight-year run. The last time the Cubs had a first baseman and third baseman making their first Opening Day starts together was in 2004 with Derrek Lee and Ramirez.

* Alfonso Soriano will be making his fifth consecutive Opening Day start in left and sixth overall. The last Cubs outfielder with a longer stretch was Hall of Famer Billy Williams, who started seven straight years in left from 1967-1973.

* Dale Sveum is the 42nd person to manage the Cubs on Opening Day. He has 12 games experience as a big league manager, the fewest since 1982 when Lee Elia was making his Major League managerial debut. By comparison, Cap Anson (20 games) and Charlie Grimm (12 games) have managed as many, if not more Opening Days for the Cubs, then games Sveum has managed in the Majors.

P.S. Thanks to Ed Hartig, baseball historian, for the information.

— Carrie Muskat

2/10 Cubs offer six-game ticket package

Want to be at Wrigley Field for Opening Day? What about guaranteeing a seat for the Cubs’ series against the Cardinals or White Sox? You can take advantage of the Cubs 6-Game Pack, featuring tickets to Opening Day, April 5, rivalry matchups, and Interleague games against the Red Sox and Tigers.

Sales for the six-game packages begins on Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. CT on Tickets must be purchased online.

The Cubs 6-Game Pack provides a choice of 10 different pre-selected, six-game plans, with each option headlined by some of the schedule’s most popular games. The Cubs 6-Game Pack is available in both the Budweiser Bleachers and reserved seating bowl of Wrigley Field. Prices start at $112 before taxes and fees for a package in the Upper Deck Reserved Outfield section.

Fans also may still purchase the Cubs 9-Game Pack, featuring tickets to Opening Day, weekend series with the Red Sox, Cardinals and White Sox, plus matchups with the Marlins, National League East Division Champion Phillies and Central Division rival Brewers and Reds.

Single-game tickets for Cubs’ regular season games go on sale March 9.

— Carrie Muskat

3/25 Redford to throw out 1st pitch

Ron Santo Jr. will lead the crowd in the seventh inning stretch and actor Robert Redford will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Cubs’ home opener April 1. Redford will be in Chicago to support his new movie, “The Conspirator,” which opens April 15. He did go to Colorado on a baseball scholarship and was a high school teammate of Don Drysdale.

Santo Jr. will sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Ron Santo Sr. passed away in December at the age of 70. The Cubs will be wearing No. 10 patches in Santo’s honor this season and will dedicate a statue on Aug. 10 outsie Wrigley.

— Carrie Muskat

2/21 Demp & Opening Day

When Ryan Dempster starts April 1, it will be his third career Opening Day assignment. He kicked off the season twice for the Marlins. On April 2, 2001, he and the Marlins faced the Phillies and Dempster gave up three earned runs on five hits over five innings and did not get a decision. On April 2, 2002, he was the Opening Day starter again, and gave up three runs on six hits over 7 1/3 innings and also did not get a decision.

“It could’ve been any one of the three guys everyone’s been talking about,” Dempster said Monday. “[Carlos Zambrano] has started the last six years so it feels weird to go out and do that, and I’m going to go out and try to do the best job I can and get us off to a winning note and win the first game of the year. After that, they’re just games. It is exciting to go out there and start Opening Day.”

— Carrie Muskat

4/10 Lineup vs. Reds

Saturday’s lineup is the same as Opening Day:

SS Theriot

RF Fukudome

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

CF Byrd

LF Soriano

2B Fontenot

C Soto

P Zambrano

— Carrie Muskat