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Happy Cubs home opener!

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Today I looked at my little Facebook “On This Day” feature, which shows what I was doing on this day in years past. This time last year I was embarking on a six-mile hike on a 72 degree day. As I look out my window now, however, I’ve got snow flurries and it’s around 28 degrees out. Not ideal.

It’s less ideal¬† in Chicago today. Right now it’s 33 and snowing in the Windy City an the snow is likely to keep up for another hour or so. Today’s high: 37. Maybe. Here’s what it looked like this morning:

At 1:10 PM Central time today the Rays take on the White Sox on the South Side. At 1:20PM Central time today the Pirates take on the Cubs in the Cubs’ home opener at Wrigley Field.

UPDATE:

Have fun in the bleachers!

CC Sabathia hopes to play one more year

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Back in May, Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he’d retire if the Yankees won the World Series. That still may be the plan, but he recently told MLB.com that he’s going to try to pitch in 2019, health willing:

“I’m start to start. I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I’m done. But if I can stay healthy — if my knee holds up — hopefully I’ll play one more.”

Sabathia is enjoying a nice late-career renaissance, having transformed himself from the dominant lefty he used to be to a crafty one over the past several seasons. Sabathia will turn 38 on Saturday, but he’s having another solid season. He has a 3.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 18 starts.

Will a World Series decide whether he hangs ’em up? Will his knee? Guess we’ll know by November.