Thoughts on Chicago Cubs season-opening homestand

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We witnessed quite an opening week at Wrigley Field, didn’t we?

The home opener dawned bright and beautiful, and things deteriorated from there, with rain, high winds and finally Sunday’s blizzard blast that postponed the scheduled game against the Los Angeles Angels.

The makeup date has yet to be determined, and the Chicago Cubs headed to the warmth of Miami for three games this week against the Marlins.

Here are some thoughts on what transpired at the old ballpark.

Pace of play:

Times of game were all over the place on the homestand. The opener was three hours, 12 minutes and then we had 3:10, 2:38, 2:29 and 3:56.

The Cubs have had four games that approached the 4-hour mark, and a couple of them were really fun to watch. Major League Baseball’s initiatives on improving “pace of play” are all well and good, I suppose, but the game…

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