Tonight the 2020 regular season began for the Chicago Cubs in Wrigley Field, as the Milwaukee Brewers came in to get the ball rolling.
Opening games can be pretty low scoring affairs, especially in Chicago where the game time temperature can generally hit Arctic levels. However, thanks to COVID-19, the air was warm and it was a beautiful night for baseball.
As is the custom on Opening Day (or Opening Night, as is the case here), both teams generally start their best pitcher. So it was Kyle Hendricks of the Cubs going up against Brandon Woodruff of the Brew Crew. Hendricks clearly got the better of the encounter, pitching a complete game 3 hit, 9 strikeout shutout, as the Cubs rode home runs by Ian Happ and Anthony Rizzo to a 3-0 victory, David Ross’ first win as a big league manager. Let’s get to this.
Hendricks. How a guy can pitch a dominant game to win the pennant, then start game 7 of the World Series and somehow still be one of baseball’s best-kept secrets is beyond me. The Professor has been locked in since he took the mound for the first time in Arizona this Spring, and his use of the curveball made every Brewer not named Orlando Arcia look foolish.
Ian Happ. If someone could hypnotize him into believing every game was Opening Day he’d be Mickey Mantle. He hit a two run home run in the third inning, at which point everyone watching the game knew that was all Hendricks would need.
Anthony Rizzo. He distributed hand sanitizer to
every Brewer to reach first base Arcia, then added a dong of his own. Anthony Rizzo is a beautiful man.
The Cubs finally stopping dicking around and making their carriage deal with Comcast. If there’s a bright side to this for the five of us who had Marquee before today, it’s that they now have enough reach to get some real advertisers. Sorry Prevagen.
Arcia went three-for-three, not only spoiling Hendricks getting the Maddux (Kyle threw 103 pitches), but he also cost Kyle the perfect game. At least Kyle has room for improvement, huh?
The Brewers’ Cub Scout uniforms. They looked like Cub Scouts, hit like Webelos.
Tomorrow afternoon these two teams square off again, the game will be broadcast on Fox. Get the brats happening, and enjoy real baseball.