And so it begins.

On a cool, sunny Saturday alongside scenic Interstate 10, the Cubs played their first game with real promise since August 2009, when the worm turned for Lou Piniella. It didn't matter, of course, but it did suggest that you won't have to wait another lifetime before there is again a buzz at Wrigley Field.

Take a bow, No. 68. You too, No. 70. And, yes, you, No. 73.

Jorge Soler, Javy Baez and Junior Lake all did their parts in an 11-2 victory over an underwhelming Angels lineup without Josh Hamilton, Mike Trout and the rehabbing Albert Pujols even though this was the Cactus League opener at Diablo Stadium.

It's going to be awhile before those guys are together at Wrigley, but probably not as long as the cautious Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer want us to think.