Anthony Rizzo came up to bat with Starlin Castro on base and the 2013 season only a couple minutes old and awesome happened.
Pat Hughes said something like: "...it is playable...it is deep...AND IT IS GONE FOR A HOME RUN."
Rizzo hit the first A.J. Burnett pitch he saw almost out of the park.
But no "it's got a CHAAAAAAAAAAANCE..."
Took Pat by surprise.
Then Jeff Samardzija pitches 8 innings of 2-hit, no-run, 9 strike out, (and only) one-walk ball.
Lookin' like a total god.
So I was thinking about him when they brought in Carlos Marmol.
As a stat, wins aren't supposed to be that indicative of a guy's talent.
But nobody likes to lose.
And I think about the timing of Jeff Samardzija's career - how he blossoms into an actual starter just as the Cubs decide to gut the team and re-build from the bottom up.
Wins are rare.
They will probably continue to be rare.
Now I know the Cubs want Carlos Marmol to do well, not necessarily for the Cubs, but rather so they can showcase him and trade him.
But it ain't fair to Samardzija (or any Cub starters).
Dale Sveum did the totally smart short-leash thing yesterday and yanked Marmol rather than wait for Samardzija to lose the win.
James Russel comes in and does his job followed by the Man Who Would Be Closer, Kyugi Fujikawa, and it's game over for the Pirates.
Cubs win 3-1, and just how rejuvenating it is to start baseball with a totally solid win?
Beef Welington Castillo (I'm SURE nobody's ever called him that before) hit two doubles, Castro went 2 for 4...these are the guys you expect to hit.
I was so bummed to hear that Darwin Barney gashed his knee and went on the 15 day DL.
That must be some cut.
Backup Brent Lillibridge will start in the meantime (or Alberto Gonzalez), and he already rang up an error.
But I'd be nervous taking Barney's place too, I guess.
Okay, a whole day of no baseball for us to roll that W around on our tongues.