Chicago Cubs win 5-4 on opening day — and Seiya Suzuki goes 1-for-2 in his MLB debut 

Chicago Cubs manager David Ross burst through the door into the postgame news conference room 

prepared to drop a question before facing his own. 

“Who had Nico in the first-homer pool?” a beaming Ross asked. 

Ross had plenty of reasons to smile Thursday despite the chilly temperatures on opening day against the Milwaukee Brewers 

Kyle Hendricks wanted to set the tone with his start and delivered a vintage performance 

The Cubs did enough against Burnes and the Brewers bullpen to pull out a 5-4 win in front of 35,112 fans 

David Robertson earned the save in his Cubs debut.

Although it’s just one game in a long,  six-month season 

The opening day feels different regardless of whether it’s a player’s first or sixth, like for catcher Willson Contreras.  

“Once I stepped out there I was almost tearing up,” Contreras said 

The uncertainty of Contreras’ part in the Cubs’ future looms over the big-picture implications of this season 

They bring a contact-hitting element that was missing too often last season. 

Getting some pop out of Hoerner’s bat would be a nice addition to his game. 

Suzuki, who batted sixth in the order, finished 1-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout in his MLB debut.