Ryan Dempster and the Cubs host Kevin Correja and the Pirates on Opening Day today at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field. Ryan Dempster will be making his 1st opening day start as a Cubs player since joining the team several years ago. He’s honored to be able to make that opening day start and he says his squad is ready to show that they are going to win, and win often, in 2011 – “I’ve picked us and that’s all that matters. We’ve picked ourselves to go out and win ballgames and do well. I saw that CC Sabathia yesterday picked his team to win it all. Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do? I think is we listened to the experts as kids, a lot of us wouldn’t be in the big leagues. I know there are some really great teams on paper, but it’s about wins and losses.”
The Cubs opening day lineup looks like this:
Kosuke Fukudome RF; Starlin Castro SS; Marlon Byrd CF; Aramis Ramirez 3B; Carlos Pena 1B; Geovany Soto C; Alfonso Soriano LF; Darwin Barney 2B; and Dempster.
Let’s go Cubs! A win on opening day and maybe even a series sweep over the Pirates this weekend would be a great way to kick off the 2011 MLB schedule…