Monday, April 7, 2008
Opening Day Lineup
Swisher, CF; Cabrera, SS; Thome, DH; PK, 1B; Dye, RF; AJ, C; Quentin, LF; Crede, 3B; Uribe, 2B. Vazquez pitching.
We’ll be wearing our black alternate tops for today’s Home Opener.
Today marks just the third time that the White Sox are playing the Twins in the home opener (also 1970-71, Sox are 1-1) … the Sox are 57-51 all-time in home openers and have won five of the last six (losing last year) … the Sox have not lost both Opening Day and the home opener since 1996 and have lost both just 14 times … gates to the ballpark open today at 1 pm … Emerson Drive will sing the National Anthem, NIU President John Peters will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and today’s game will feature a flyover.
Lou Hernandez, Marty Maloney, Roger Bossard, Ron Kittle and Christine O’Reilly were at the ballpark very early today for all of Chicago’s early-morning television stations who went live from the park. Marty drew the shortest straw, showing up at 4 am. It’s thankless work, generally, so let me thank them publicly for making all the interviews and the morning run smoothly.
I’m biased, but in my house Opening Day and the Home Opener are treated like National Holidays. My kids certainly look forward to the start of the baseball season. There’s nothing like being at U.S. Cellular Field in the early morning, watching the sun come up over the left field fence. Roger’s grass is always so green and everything inside the park glistens. The silence on the field in awesome. Then, as the ballpark begins to fill with fans later in the day, you feel the excitement and the buzz. Nothing like it … except postseason play.