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For those of you who were expecting an instant reaction to the Cubs-Brewers opener, I apologize. After Milwaukee walked away with a 4-3 win in 10 innings on Monday, there was just too much to process. I felt like I had just been shoved out of a skydiving plane when all I was ready to do was peer over the edge. I needed to get some fresh air. I needed a nice little lap around my block.

And so I stepped away.

(Welcome back to Chicago baseball, 'Duk.)

Kosuke Fukudome wasn't supposed to be that good, (video), at least not this soon. (Yes, I'll take a game-dominating 3-for-3 and a triple away from a cycle every day.) 

And Kerry Wood wasn't supposed to be that bad, at least not in his first relief appearance of the season.  (Mark the official number of Carlos Marmol-for-closer-related texts and IMs I've received at four.)

Yes, it was only the first game of the season and there's 161 more to play. But I can already see the wheels turning in motion. Give the denizens of Wrigley Field another week to replace all those "Got Wood?" t-shirts at the merch stands with ones bearing Japan's rising sun and Brent Musburger's fantastic call of Fuku's ninth-inning home run — "A star is born in the teeth of the Lake Michigan wind!"

Personally, I'd like to see both still for sale, though I realize that may already be asking for too much.

One last thing before moving onto Game #2 —  Should I be concerned my spellchecker just looked at Fukudome and suggested "foredoom," "facade," "faked" and somehow even "f***ed" instead?

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