Good: The 2007 season is here.
Bad: On Monday, it looked a lot like most of 2006.
Good: The Cub bullpen held the Reds scoreless over the last three innings.
Bad: The Reds scored enough runs to win in the first.
Good: John McDonough says Trib’s plan to sell won’t affect the operation of the team this year.
Bad: Apparently McDonough was talking about everything except agreeing on Carlos Zambrano's new contract.
Good: The new Cub, Alfonso Soriano, got his first hit of the season.
Bad: A returning Cub, Matt Murton, got his first three strikeouts of the season.
Good: Derrek Lee was back in the Cub lineup, hitting like the old Derrek Lee.
Bad: Adam Dunn was in the Reds lineup, torching Cub pitching like the old Adam Dunn.
Good: Lou Piniella's post-game press conference featured a typically frank, honest appraisal of his team’s performance.
Bad: Frankly speaking, there was almost nothing positive to say.
Good: The White Sox were humiliated by the Indians.
Bad: The umps were required to stop the game after 9 innings.
Good: The Cubs should have a new owner by the end of the calendar year, possibly an individual, not a corporation, with a personal, emotional stake in the fortunes of his team.
Bad: “Mr. FitzSimons, I have Mr. Wirtz holding on line 2.”