Happy Opening Day from Pittsburgh!
It’s cold today, but looks like we will be OK weather-wise.
Jeff Samardzija goes for the Cubs and it will be his first outing since a complete game effort in this very ballpark to end his season last year. The reins have been removed this season and I expect him to go over 200 innings, assuming he can take the ball 32-33 times.
It’s been one crazy journey for the former Notre Dame football star.
We didn’t know if he could be a consistent big league pitcher, let alone a starter, let alone an ace. But it’s a credit to his will, competitive nature and work ethic that he has gotten to this point.
The intangibles have always been there and I am personally really happy for him because he got here the right way and has done everything the way you’d hope a budding team leader would.
I will also say this–he is not a guy who will rest on merely saying he’s an Opening Day starter.
He wants to be the best and I see All-Star appearances in his near future. And hopefully a World Series appearance or two as well.