Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The Ten Best Opening Day Events

posted by Jon Williams
Opening Day is always special for baseball fans. As fantasy owners it can be even more special because we finally have some statistics from the players we've spent all winter scouting and acquiring. Here are the ten best events for fantasy owners from Opening Day.

  1. Emilio Bonifacio hits an inside-the-park homerun and steals three bases.
  2. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia had two hits and three RBI, including a homerun.
  3. Aside from the ten hits allowed (including a homerun) Cliff Lee looks to be in mid-season form.
  4. Felipe Lopez and Tony Clark both became the first players ever to hit Opening Day homeruns from both sides of the plate.
  5. Daniel Murphy hit a homerun, while the Mets bullpen backed up Johan Santana.
  6. The best player in baseball went 2-for-3 with a grand slam and five RBI. (That's Hanley Ramirez NOT Alex Rodriguez, who has probably been less than the best for a few years now).
  7. Damn, if Seth Smith doesn't look like the new Matt Holliday with a homerun and a stolen base.
  8. I am positive that the Ryan Franklin owners were happy to see Jason Motte blow his first save opportunity.
  9. Matt Kemp gave us another sign that his power is immense and 30 homeruns are coming this season, by hitting a shot out of the deepest part of Petco Park.
  10. The Toronto Blue Jays fans got a nice look at the future when Adam Lind and Travis Snider both hit Opening Day homers.

Honorable Mention: Ken Griffey Jr. homered; Nick Johnson is still healthy; Carlos Zambrano looks healthy; Jeremy Hermida continued his hot hitting; The Baltimore Orioles may not be the pushovers the other members of the AL East are hoping.

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3 Comments:

Blogger RotoSportsInfo said...

here was one of my favorites: Texas PA system plays "All Shook Up" after Elvis Andrus hits first hit.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 3:24:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bonifacio is definitely #1! He's gonna be huge this year! I had a great day in my Fantasy league on opening day. The draft that we had the other days wasnt too good. I saw this contest they're having @ CBSSports.com to win a trip to South Florida to have a big draft party blowout next year. Sounds like my kind of party! Here's the link in case anyone's interested: http://www.cbssports.com/contests/trivia/5637

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 11:53:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Jon Williams said...

@RotoSportsInfo

Love it, I hadn't heard about that one.

@ Anonymous

Loving Bonifacio although he went for too much in my NL-onl y for me to own him. A big draft party sounds like a great idea as long as it happens AFTER the actual draft and not during or the night before!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 2:28:00 PM EDT  

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