April 6, 2010

Opening Day

by Dan Bilicki In: Baseball

Sure, Duke crushing poor Butler’s dreams may have been the top news of the day, but it’s not like Major League Baseball didn’t have a great showing to open their season.

-Jason Heyward started his quest to prove to me wrong about him and he did it in stunning fashion. I’m sure the TV producers had this chart ready, but let’s just say this doesn’t happen very often. Yes, the rookie extradonaire hit a home run in his very first at bat.

-The Jays’ Shaun Marcum started his quest to show people that maybe the Jays aren’t just going to roll over this season. The first opening day starter for Toronto not named Halladay in the past eight years delivered the goods against Texas. He pitched six no-hit innings before finally giving up the bid in the seventh and handing the game over to the bullpen. It’s just too bad that their pen felt the need to be gracious guests and handed the game to the Rangers in the ninth. Well, one down, 161 to go for Jays fans.

-Meanwhile, that guy named Roy had a great National League debut, leading the Phillies to a 11-1 win over the clearly outclassed Nationals in Washington. I think the Nats might have had a better chance by tossing every pitch high and wide like President Obama did.

-Finally, since the fantasy baseball season is also now in full swing, we’ve also started the sit/start dilemmas. And thanks to Yahoo’s fancy trending tools, you can find out information like this: Apparently I was one of the 62% of people that left the Pirates’ Garret Jones on my bench. Of course, he came out and hit two home runs in his first two at bats of the season. It’s always nice to put yourself in a hole in the power categories on opening day.

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