With Spring Training in the rear-view mirror and the regular season under way, many players around MLB are looking to make a good first impression for their new team.  After all, a good first impression can go a long way in cultivating goodwill among a team’s fan base.  Fans will immediately get behind a player that gets off to a hot start while, on the other hand, also be extra critical of a player who struggles initially with his new team.  Often times, we as fans, find it difficult to remember that the MLB season is a 162-game marathon and not a one-week sprint.

Two of the Cubs’ offseason acquisitions looking to make a good first impression this weekend in Miami are Yu Darvish and Brandon Morrow.  While Darvish takes the hill on Saturday night against the Marlins, Morrow made his Cubs debut in the 17th inning of Friday night’s marathon.  To say the least, his career with the Cubs did not get off to an ideal start.  He faced 1 batter, threw 2 pitches, and gave up the game winning hit.  To make matters worse, Morrow entered the game on the heels of Eddie Butler’s Herculean effort which saw him throw 7 innings of great baseball out of the pen.

Obviously, this is not how Brandon Morrow envisioned his Cub debut going.  However, one bad pitch can be excused and forgotten.  Giving up a single in the 17th inning of the 2nd game of the year will not define his tenure as a Chicago Cub.  However, if this becomes a regular occurrence for Morrow, Cubs fans will undoubtedly begin to question the decision not to resign closer Wade Davis.  Davis had an excellent season on the North side and was almost automatic when it mattered most.  Those are some pretty big shoes for Morrow to fill, and Cubs fans will be willing to give him a 2nd chance to make a first impression.


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