One of the most-exciting days of the MLB calendar year happens on Opening Day. From late September through late March, most teams haven’t played a meaningful baseball game in six months. Some teams have playoff games in October. Every team has spring training in March.
The Cubs released their 2013 tentative schedule in September. They’ll start the season with three road games against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The first game is scheduled for April 1. After an off-day on April 2, the series concludes on April 3 and April 4. The Pirates will host these contests at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Cubs and Pirates last played against each other in an Opening Day Game in 2011. These games were played at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. On April 1, the Cubs lost the first game of that series, 6-3. That was Mike Quade’s only season as manager. It was also Jim Hendry’s last season as general manager.
Opening Day Games have become another disturbing trend for the Cubs. Since 2007, the Cubs have lost five of their last six Opening Day Games. They’ve lost their last three games. Their last win came against the Houston Astros in 2009. The Cubs are still searching for their first Opening Day home victory in the 21st century (starting in 2001).
This doesn’t mean much since the regular season is 162 games. A team won’t destroy their playoff hopes just because they start their season with a couple losses. However, it’s nice to get off on the right track.
Here are the results for each of the Cubs’ Opening Day Games since 2001.
2001: April 2, Montreal Expos, 5-4 Loss
2002: April 1, at Cincinnati Reds, 5-4 Loss
2003: March 31, at New York Mets, 15-2 Win
2004: April 5, at Cincinnati Reds, 7-4 Win
2005: April 4, at Arizona Diamondbacks, 16-6 Win
2006: April 3, at Cincinnati Reds, 16-7 Win
2007: April 2, at Cincinnati Reds, 5-1 Loss
2008: March 31, Milwaukee Brewers, 4-3 Loss
2009: April 6, at Houston Astros, 4-2 Win
2010: April 5, at Atlanta Braves, 16-5 Loss
2011: April 1, Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-3 Loss
2012: April 5, Washington Nationals, 2-1 Loss
Joshua Huffman grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as a Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs enthusiast. He immediately gained an admiration for Cubs fans after watching numerous games on WGN during the mid-90s. His favorite Cubs moment was Kerry Wood’s(notes) 1-hitter, 20K extravaganza that was only denied of a no-hitter by Kevin Orie’s defensive blunder. As a Packers and Cubs fan, he suffered through Steve Bartman and “4th & 26” in a span of three months. HERE is his Twitter.
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