5 Praises from Opening Day(s)
By: Dylan Elder – Editor-in-Chief
1. Unexplainable Reincarnations
I’m talking about Grady Sizemore, of course. The same guy that hadn’t hit a home run since July 15th, 2011 when Peyton Manning was on the Colts, Facebook was still cool, and LeBron James hadn’t won a championship. In his first game back, Sizemore went 2/4 with a single and a home run. The only reasonable explanation for this unfathomable series of events is that the Red Sox outfielder sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for one more healthy season. I can’t think of anything else.
2. Walk Offs
Oh, how I’ve missed you baseball. In the 10th inning of a scoreless game between the Pirates and the Cubs, Neil Walker, the man with the perfect name for the event, hit the first Walk Off homer of 2014. Thanks Neil, for bringing balance back to the Earth. Now, can you just do us a favor over in North Korea and/or Ukraine?
3. The Fans
It may have been controversial, but I applaud Brewers fans for giving a standing ovation to the now estranged outfielder Ryan Braun. It was a classic move, not one that should be ridiculed, but rather is just part of this great game. The fans buy the tickets, merchandise, and overpriced food, so if they want to root for their favorite player, then more power to ’em. Even if that player happens to be a pathological liar.
4. The New Replay System
Even though I have my gripes about the techniques in which managers go about using their challenges, this system gets a big high-five for its’ work so far. Let’s be real, you probably aren’t watching baseball games. And if you are, an extra 2-3 minutes from replay isn’t going to make you turn off the TV. Kudos to the MLB for realizing this and making an effort to get all the calls right.
According to Baseball Info Solutions, the number of shifts has increased from 2,358 in 2011 to 4,577 in 2012 to 8,134 in 2013. With the amount of shifting that I saw watching a few games over the past few days, it’s fair to predict that number will eclipse 10,000 this season. This just means that teams are getting smarter, and in turn, we will have more exciting baseball