There was a moment of silence for Ernie Banks and Oscar Tavares. There was a pregame debate on ESPN between two priests and the importance of the Cubs. Of course, there was the game.
Although the Cubs lost 3-0 to the St. Louis Cardinals in the almost renovated Wrigley Field, there was a sense of Opening Night jitters being erased away as the game went on.
“It was an awesome atmosphere tonight,” Lester said. “It was everything I expected it to be, probably plus some, especially without any fans in the bleachers. I tried to take it all in the best I could.
A billboard across the street with Kris Bryant’s mug and a “Worth The Wait” written across the bottom stood out as glorious as the new jumbotron. Reminding fans, and Mike Olt who was missing from the lineup.
The trio of Jorge Soler, Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro tried to shake off the rust as quickly as possible, but if yesterday’s loss was more about the pageantry of Opening Night, then the Cubs succeed.
“Opening Day is wonderful. It’s tradition, it’s a holiday, it’s a celebration, it’s special for everyone in baseball whether you’re a casual fan, a diehard fan, you work in the game, but it does have this sort of exaggerated effect. People extrapolate these conclusions from one game. I really enjoy Game 2. You can get into a good rhythm. To me, one of the best parts about baseball is the rhythm of the game, the daily routine, knowing there’s a game tomorrow, the next day and the next day. Opening Day doesn’t feel like that, it feels like a holiday. I like to see which fans are at Game 2.” Theo Epstein said.
He’s right. In many ways, Game 2 is where the season really begins. It’s the time to get down to work, settle in the new office and start producing for the company.
Last night was all about the Cubs, but today is the official day of the season, which game are you going to watch?