Most of the talk surrounding this game has to do with only one of the two teams: The Braves. On the one hand you have Bobby Cox undertaking the first game of his last official season as manager of the team. On the other hand, the baseball world is positively agog over the arrival of Jason Heyward, the guy that folks are nearly unanimous in picking as their NL Rookie of the Year.
If Heyward doesn't have at least three hits in this game (And he already has a homer! Whee!), look for much wailing and gnashing of teeth, especially from resident Braves fan / Internet extraordinaire / Southern gentleman, matt_t, who I've heard is actually at Turner Field and having quite the time.
Last but not least there's Derek Lowe, who many thought wouldn't even be a Brave come today, yet here he is starting Game Numero Uno. Drama! Brittle egos! Statements!
Oh, and the Cubs hardly did anything this winter and still face the same expectations from a fanbase that will always fall back on the same excuse for the consistent failures of the franchise.
|Ryan Theriot, SS||Melky Cabrera, LF|
|Kosuke Fukudome, RF||Martin Prado, 2B|
|Derek Lee, 1B||CHIPPER, 3B|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||Brian McCann, C|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||Troy Glaus, 1B|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||Yunel Escobar, SS|
|Mike Fontenot, 2B||Jason Heyward !!!11!, RF|
|Geovanny Soto, C||Nate McClouth, CF|
|Carlos Zambrano, P||Derek Lowe, P|