Back when I was a young baseball fan, the player I idolized most was Ernie Banks. Today, he was honored with a statue outside Wrigley Field.
A pretty nice birthday present, I must say. Really, Cubs, you shouldn’t have. It’s a little over the top. But I think I’ll keep it.
Then the Cubs went out and lost to the Brewers 4-3 in their sesaon opener.
The list of Cubs who had a good day has two members: Carlos Zambrano, who pitched 6 and 1/3 scoreless innings but again had to leave early because of cramps, and new Cub Kosuke Fukudome, who went 3-3 with a double and a 3 run homer to tie the game in the ninth.
However, the reason they were losing 3-0 in the first place was because new closer Kerry Wood entered a scoreless game in the top of the ninth and hit the first batter, with his first pitch; two hits and one walk later, it was 3-0.