Next year is here and that first step can be interesting. I'm on my way to Pittsburgh and wondering what's in store for us this time.

Opening Day always seems to bring some sort of "Cubbie Occurrence." Who could forget Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes smacking three homers off Dwight Gooden in 1994? The Cubs still lost the game.

More recent teams have been just as interesting.

April 4th, 2005 I covered my first Cubs Opener for Comcast SportsNet. Carlos Zambrano was tossed in the fifth inning after telling umpire Dale Scott that he needed glasses. The Cubs scored 16 runs and blasted the Diamondbacks.

One year later, I watched the Cubs score 16 runs in Cincinnati. Unfortunately, that was the highlight. The Cubs went on to lose 96 games and finish in last place. It was Dusty Baker's last opener with the North Siders.

By 2010, I was covering the Cubs opener in Atlanta. Before the game I snapped a picture of Bobby Cox and Lou Piniella. It turned out to be the last opener for both managers and the beginning of a downward spiral for the Cubs.

In 2012, we had ivy on the walls at Wrigley for the first time ever at a season opener. You know the rest.

This year, I'm hoping it doesn't snow in Pittsburgh. Jeff Samardzija will gets his first shot at Opening Day, but if recent history is any indication, expect the unexpected. Opening Day never disappoints.