Chicago Cubs Opening Day Countdown

The 2000's (2000 to 2016)

March 29, 2000
the Cubs and Mets begin major league baseball in the 21st century with a game in Tokyo Japan at the Tokyo Dome. Shane Andrews and Mark Grace homer to lead the Cubs to a 5-3 victory. It was also Don Baylor's first victory in his first game managing the Chicago Cubs.


The Cubs open the 21st century of MLB in Tokyo. Bleed Cubbie Blue recap


March 31, 2003
Corey Patterson goes 4 for 4 with 2 singles and 2 home runs driving in a Cubs opening day record 7 RBI vs Mets 15-2 victory in Shae Stadium. Juan Cruz strikes out 6 consecutive batters.


April 4, 2005
The Cubs defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 16-6 led by Derrek Lee who was 4 for 6 with a home run, 2 double and drove in 5 runs on his way to a great season that saw him win his first batting title.


April 3, 2006
The Cubs score 16 runs for the 2nd consecutve opening day as they defeat the Cincinnatti Reds 16-7 in Cincinnatti, Matt Murton homers and Juan Pierre has a triple and 2 singles in his debut with the Chicago Cubs. President George W Bush throws out the first pitch.


March 31, 2008
Kosuke Fukudome's debut with the Chicago Cubs was quite a day as he goes 3 for 3, doubles on the first pitch he see's in the major leagues and hits a 3-run home run off Brewers closer, Eric Gagne to tie the game in the ninth inning. Unfortunately, the Cubs do lose the game in 10 innings, 4-3.


Len Kasper and Bob Brenly call of Fukudome's dramatic home run.




April 6, 2009
On the second pitch of the Cubs season, Alfonso Soriano homers off Roy Oswalt. Aramis Ramirez also homers as the Cubs defeat the Houston Astros 4-2 in Houston.





April 5, 2012
Cubs lose a tough home opener as Ryan Dempster pitches a strong 7 innings, leaving the game with a 1-0 lead. Kerry Wood walks 3 runners including forcing in the tying run in the 8th inning and Carlos Marmol gives up the game-winning single to Ian Desmond as the Nationals defeat the Cubs 2-1.



April 1, 2013

Anthony Rizzo hits a 2-run home run in his first at bat of the season and Jeff Samardzija pitches a strong 8 innings to record the victory in his first career start on Opening Day. Cubs defeat Pirates 3-1 in Pittsburth.



March 31, 2014
Neil Walker helps defeat the Cubs on Opening Day for the 2nd time in 4 years (in 2011, his Grand Slam helped the Pirates to a 6-3 Pirates victory in Pittsburth). Jeff Samardzija and Francisco Liriano have a pitcher's duel that has the game go 0-0 into the ninth inning. Carlos Villaneuva comes into the game and gives up the game-winning walk off home run to Walker to send the Pirates home with a victory.

 



April 4, 2016
I guess we should've known early on that it was going to be a good year for the Cubs as opening night versusu the Angels went so well.

Dexter Fowler led off the Cubs season with a double and scored in the first inning, got 3 hits and scored 3 runs in the game. Jake Arrieta went 7 innings, giving up just 2 hits as Cubs easily defeated the Angels 9-0.

Dexter Fowler



April 5, 2015
Wrigley Field opens the season with a night game for the first time in team history. The team also unveils their new video boards. The renovations also had many fans waiting in lines to the restrooms. I know-I was one of them. It was also the first opening day at Wrigley after the death of Cubs great Ernie Banks and the team had pictures of Banks all over the bleachers that were being renovated as well. It is also the Cubs debut of free agent pitcher, Jon Lester. Lester pitched alright, but Cardinals pitcher, Adam Wainwright was better as he shut out the Cubs for a 3-0 Cardinals victory. Jason Heyward has 3 hits in his Cardinals debut and Matt Holliday drives in 2 runs for the Cardinals.





Jake Arrieta



A Few Pics of Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks at the 2015 Home Opener




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