Happy Opening Day, everyone! No, you’re not stuck in a Bill Murray film. Thanks to inclement weather, the Detroit Tigers postponed their season opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday. That pesky scheduled off day has finally come in handy, though; the Tigers and Pirates will square off at the same time (1:10 p.m. ET) on Friday.
Before we celebrate, however, we must pay our respects to former Tiger Rusty Staub, who passed away on Thursday morning. Staub spent four of his 23 major league seasons with the Tigers, from 1976 to 1979. He hit .277/.353/.434 in 549 games in Detroit, and made the All-Star team in 1976. The Tigers traded him to the Montreal Expos for a prospect in 1979. Staub was a teammate of Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire with the New York Mets in the 1980s.
A great ballplayer and even better person. Our thoughts are with Rusty’s family. pic.twitter.com/UCiPpWTQzN— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) March 29, 2018
Baseball actually happened this week
While the Tigers didn’t play on Thursday, 26 other teams took the field after a long, cold, boring winter. A lot of things happened. Since you couldn’t watch most of it because you were at work, we’re here to help you catch up.
- Cubs leadoff hitter Ian Happ homered on the first pitch of the 2018 MLB season, which seems like a bad omen for the Marlins.
- A Dave Dombrowski bullpen blew a four-run lead in the eighth inning, leading to an Opening Day win for the Tampa Bay Rays.
- Walk-offs happened in Oakland and in Baltimore, the latter of which gave us another glimpse of the Fernando Rodney experience.
Bases loaded with Fernando Rodney on the mound. This is fine.— Twinkie Town (@TwinkieTown) March 29, 2018
- Giancarlo Stanton homered twice in his Yankees debut because of course he did.
- Justin Verlander dominated in his Opening Day start because of course he did.
- The Chicago Bears beat the Kansas City Chiefs 14-7.
- The Brewers and Padres played a game... I think.
- Francisco Lindor did this.
Mario and... Matt?
If Matthew Boyd’s pitching career doesn’t work out, he might have a future in television.
We even have the opening credits ready!
Around the horn
Shohei Ohtani debuted at DH and notched his first hit. A-Rod made his ESPN broadcasting debut. Noah Syndergaard is unfair. The Cardinals finally decided to sign Greg Holland. Cubs fan makes dumb promise, immediately regrets decision. The Astros used a four-man outfield against Joey Gallo.