5. Tatis Jr.’s First Milestone
Fernando Tatis Jr.’s big league debut had been much anticipated by Padres fans, and baseball fans in general. The number 2 prospect in the MLB was in the lineup for San Diego’s opener vs San Francisco, and he didn’t disappoint. The 6’3″ shortstop was welcomed with open arms by the Petco Park crowd prior to his big day.
— FOX Sports San Diego (@FOXSportsSD) March 28, 2019
Tatis became the youngest player to get a hit in their MLB debut on Opening Day since, “The Kid,” Ken Griffey Jr. Tatis and Manny Machado make for a very exciting left side of the infield, and it will be fun to see how the two develop alongside each other.
They grow up so fast!
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) March 28, 2019
4. Harper Makes Philly Debut
This off season’s biggest free agent signing was undoubtedly Bryce Harper, and the Philly fans were sure to let Bryce know he was welcome. Harper may have gone hitless, but something tells me the 26 year old, 6x All-Star is going to do just fine in his new home.
— MLB (@MLB) March 28, 2019
Not to mention he had the best cleats out of anyone on Opening Day.
— ESPN (@espn) March 29, 2019
3. Lorenzo Cain’s late game snag
Possibly the best overall game of the day came in Milwaukee. The 5-4 Brewers win had tons of excitement: Paul Goldschimdt’s debut with the Cardinals, Jhoulys Chacin with the first pitcher home run of 2019, and an incredible finish courtesy of Lorenzo Cain.
Lorenzo Cain brings one back for the win 🔥 pic.twitter.com/s3D7r15QNj
— Top Web Gems (@TopWebGems) March 28, 2019
Cain and the Brewers will have a tough path ahead of them in a loaded NL Central, but certainly should be in the mix again for a postseason run.
2. deGrom vs Scherzer
This pitching matchup surely lived up to the hype, as the top two finishers in the 2018 NL Cy Young provided an absolute duel. For the first time in Opening Day history, both starting pitchers had 10+ strikeouts. deGrom came out with the win after providing 6 innings, 0 runs and 10 K’s. Scherzer posted a stat line of 7.2 innings, 2 run and 12 K’s. These two should certainly be the front runners once again for the NL Cy Young.
Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom combined for 22 total strikeouts in their Opening Day showdown. pic.twitter.com/o7bRNWk9Er
— MOUND MONSTER™ (@MoundMonster) March 29, 2019
1. Dodgers Launch 8 Home Runs
It is very hard to top numbers 2 and 3, but I believe tying the Opening Day and Dodger’s franchise record for home runs is worthy of that honor. This performance by LA is certainly a sign of the times, as the league has had 5,585+ home runs in each of the past three years. To put that in perspective, the 6,105 home runs in 2017 were the most in the history of the MLB. That performance by the Dodgers provided a ton of excitement for the home crowd, and was a message to the rest of the league that LA isn’t going anywhere quite yet.
ICYMI: The Dodgers hit a MLB-record EIGHT home runs to kickoff the 2019 season. pic.twitter.com/5MDOdsQR5L
— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) March 29, 2019
Baseball is officially back, let’s roll!