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Opening Night at Wrigley Field was a bit of an adventure. I have been lucky enough to have been at every Cubs home opener since 1993 but a night opener was a whole new experience.
Even though it was an Easter Sunday for a lot of folks, the Wrigleyville restaurants and bars were absolutely packed before the game. The bleachers, which were supposed to have been ready to go for this game, were not even close. (If you hadn't heard, the bleachers may not be ready until June.) In an effort to dress-up the work in progress, the Cubs spanned the bleachers with massive Ernie Banks banners. This was a nice touch. And it was a beautiful night for baseball.
Here is the Ernie Banks statue now placed in front of the marquee at Clark and Addison:
Inside, we got our first look at the new - gasp! - jumbotron installed earlier in the week. This modernization will likely take some getting used to for a lot of folks, but I really liked it.
The teams were introduced, along with the starting lineups. Joe Maddon got right to his quirky business and hit Jon Lester 8th, relegating Tommy LaStella to the last spot in the order for the Cubs.
The Cardinals put up runs in the first two innings and despite lead-off doubles for the Cubs in the first and second, they were unable to push any runs across in either frame. Adam Wainwright was on. Lester was hittable. And the Cubs got shut out. Not too much to cheer for as a Cubs fan at this game but getting to experience Opening Night and the touching Ernie Banks tribute was something I will remember forever.
Great photos, John! Thanks for starting us off!
Thanks for posting, Marshall!
SAFECO Field 1:10 Start, sold out, Felix Hernandez pitches 7 innings with 10 strikeouts after throwing a first pitch strike. Mariners win 4-1. Trout hits homerun and then strikes out three times. Weather was cool, cloudy, and some sun breaks. Joey Cora returned to throw out first pitch. Kyle Seager is presented with his gold glove for playing at third base in 2014. Is the World Series in the future this year for the Ms. Having attended 22 openers without ending up there I hope it happens this year.
Great pictures, James. Yes, lot of hope in Seattle this year!
Cool! Would have loved to of been there with you guys. What a great win for the Reds!
What a great memory that will be! Thanks for posting, Chris!
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