Wrigley Field is celebrating 100 years of baseball this season and it all starts with the Philadelphia Phillies taking on the Chicago Cubs this afternoon in a matinée game serving as the Cubs 2014 home opener. It is one of three home openers the Phils will play in this season. The first was a win in Texas and the third will take place Monday in Philadelphia, weather permitting.
Here's a little history about Wrigley for you from the game notes:
At a cost of $250,000, a new ballpark (Weeghman Park) was opened in Chicago on April 23, 1914, as the home of the Chicago Whales of the Federal League, a league that folded after two seasons ... The Cubs moved into the park in 1916, where it was called Cubs Park between 1920-26 before being renamed for then team owner and chewing gum magnate, William Wrigley Jr. ... The Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies have played 867 games at Wrigley Field (Phillies are 387-476-4).
Phillies Manager and Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg was one of the players invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game. Other Cubs legends included Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, and Billy Williams.
While Wrigley Field is one of the most amazing places to watch a ball game, it's not always the most pleasant. Temperatures at first pitch were 38 degrees with a windchill of 28.
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Pete Mackanin continues to play musical chairs with his logjam of infielders.
Tonight, Cesar Hernandez returns to the Phillies' lineup playing second and leading off. He sat against lefty Clayton Kershaw and will face righty Yu Darvish tonight. Hernandez has fared better against right-handers (.293) than southpaws (.279). He leads the team with a .359 OBP this season.
Maikel Franco will take a seat tonight. Franco has been much better over his last 10 games. In that span, Franco is 15 for 35 (.371) with two homers and seven RBIs. His average for the season is still just at .232.
J.P. Crawford will take over at the hot corner and bat seventh. Crawford has been sort of up and down since his call up, but his patented control of the strike zone has certainly translated at the big league level. The rookie is hitting a modest .256 so far but has an OBP of .340.
Here is the rest of tonight's lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
5. Nick Williams, RF
6. Aaron Altherr, LF
7. J.P. Crawford, 3B
8. Jorge Alfaro, C
9. Aaron Nola, P
And here's how the Dodgers will line up against Nola:
1. Chris Taylor, CF
2. Corey Seager, SS
3. Justin Turner, 3B
4. Cody Bellinger, 1B
5. Curtis Granderson, RF
6. Chase Utley, 2B
7. Yasmani Grandal, C
8. Andre Ethier, LF
9. Yu Darvish, P