April 8, 2022

1. Seth Beer hit a walk-off home run on National Beer Day

Baseball hardly gets more perfect than this.

2. Opening Day was a great one — here are some highlights

Fewer than half the teams even played, but if you’ve needed your baseball fix all winter, well here it is:

3. The blunders of the day

Starting with the headliner, Matt Vasgersian going excessively wild for a long fly ball to right field.

And the rest of the elite lowlights, from yesterday:

4. Albert Pujols made his St. Louis return debut

Even as a lifelong Cubs fan, it was pretty cool to see.

5. Tim Kurkjian loses his mind at the obscure moment of the day

Joey Votto, as it turns out, had never popped out to the pitcher in his career until yesterday. Kurkjian was somehow aware of that stat, and he was having the time of his life — pretty amusing clip.

PS: Kurkjian is great, not a dig at him!

6. And Votto was mic’d up during the game for ESPN

7. The defensive highlights of the day

8. And the catch of the day: This kid in the upper deck

His dad: “That’s my boy!!!”

9. There’s drama between Ronald Acuña Jr. and Freddie Freeman

Seems a bit one-sided (and odd) from Acuña, complaining in an Instagram live video about his former teammate.

Here was Freeman’s heartfelt response:

10. Pete Alonso was hit in the head by a pitch

After being in a car crash in spring training not long ago, you have to feel for this guy — but luckily he seems to be alright.

And it prompted the quote of the day, from Buck Showalter:

And from Alonso’s Instagram last night:

11. Behind the scenes with Shohei Ohtani at TIME magazine

12. Yu Darvish threw a no-hitter through six innings and was pulled

And because of Seth Beer on National Beer Day, he didn’t get the win.

13. The first Mets run of 2022 was a cheeky-dubious HBP

Bases loaded, a pitch low and inside — and you do the hokey pokey, stick your right leg in:

14. The stat of the day: Shohei Ohtani

Being the Angels’ lead-off hitter now, things are even more remarkable.

15. The Astros are still being (rightfully) booed

16. Old and new in Kansas City: Zack Greinke & Bobby Witt Jr.

A return after many years away, and the rookie debut of a top top prospect with his first-career MLB hit.

17. A cameraman cleaned off his lens mid-game

Never seen that one before. Electric television.

18. The Guardians are officially on the board

A loss in their debut game, but an RBI from their remaining star, Jose Ramirez days after signings a big contract extension.

19. Aaron Judge and the Yankees do not yet have a deal

20. And lastly, today’s MLB schedule

Thirteen games. It’ll be a good one.

Happy Opening Week, everyone — or as the great Ernie Harwell put it:

“For, lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; The time of the singing of birds is come, And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.”

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