The Chicago Cubs will have to play the first week of their regular season on the road, but when they return to Wrigley Field, the team will have some new offerings and promotions for their fans to enjoy.
The Cubs will play their home opener at night, playing the Cincinnati Reds on April 11. At that game, they will welcome Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg, and Billy Williams to the ballpark, where they will all throw out first pitches and sing the seventh inning stretch for fans at the game.
The rest of the week will feature several special guests performing the stretch, including Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller and former Chicago Blackhawks center Jamal Mayers.
The suspension is the third of Keith’s career. He was suspended for five games in 2011 after elbowing Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin in the side of the head, and he received a one-game playoff ban for a retaliatory high stick against Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter during the 2013 postseason.
That second hit perhaps played a role in the league’s decision to suspend Keith this time. Much like the Carter infraction, the Coyle hit came after Keith was hit by an opponent. Keith was upended by Coyle in the offensive zone, and as he rolled over on the ice he reached up and slashed his stick across the forward’s face, opening up a gash on the bridge of his nose that required the attention of trainers.
With Keith out of the lineup, the Blackhawks’ defense will have to rely even more heavily on Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson than usual. The team will also have to skate youngsters like Erik Gustafsson and Viktor Svedberg more often, and Christian Ehrhoff could see more playing time as one of the few veterans available to Joel Quenneville and his coaching staff.
The video, which surfaced Friday on Twitter and quickly went viral, appears to show Russell asking Young about how many women he had been with. Young’s answer suggests the former USC Trojan had cheated on Azalea with a 19-year-old.
Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler drove in early runs and Villanova product Matt Szczur added a three-run double in the ninth for the Cubs, whose talent-laden roster is coming off a 97-win season and a trip to the NL Championship Series.
Chicago’s anguished fans believe the team really might end its 108-year championship drought this season, and thousands chanted and cheered in Orange County to herald an auspicious start to the quest.
Garrett Richards (0-1) gave up three runs in five innings of six-hit ball in his first opening day start for Los Angeles.