At the end of the clip showing Ian Happ’s hot start to the spring, after his third homer in four days, the announcer opines: “Start the season now!” Well now is upon us, with the Cubs opening against the Marlins in Miami – the first game of opening day.
And there stands Ian Happ, at the top of the lineup in CF, who will take the first swing of the 2018 major league baseball season, having been too hot in that spot for Joe Maddon to sit him down. It’s a rather historic day, the first one in 50 years since all major league teams have their opener scheduled on the same date. March 29 also marks the earliest date on which the season has started since the Gregorian calendar was conceived.
Had I given it more forethought, Elliot and I would have taken the ride from Boynton to Miami to take in Ian live this afternoon. I’ll be rooting for #8 to have a great opening day, and continuing to make it hard for Maddon to sit him down. And if you have the chance, be sure to read this phenomenal article about Ian shared by Aunt Pam and posted online yesterday. If you don’t get goose bumps reading it, check your pulse.