Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season is an exciting time, because you get to see your team play for the first time in months. They'll only play one game on that first day, though, and that might make you hungry for a bit more -- a bear doesn't eat just one fish after a long winter of hibernation, he devours everything in sight, probably. I don't actually know, because I've never interviewed a hungry bear. But they probably eat everything in sight, and in a similar vein I want to dissect all the baseball I can after waiting through so many Cactus League contests.
Let's look through the other Opening Day games and see what an A's fan would care about in each one. I'm not saying we're gonna follow these guys all season, but it's April 7 and I'm hungry.
Blue Jays 6, Yankees 1
Where else can we start but with Josh Donaldson? Unfortunately, Donaldson had a blue debut, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Don't worry, his new home park is a launching pad and he's a great bet to break 30 homers this year. (Doesn't mean he would have hit 30 here, necessarily.)
The Yankees featured a couple guys who Athletics Nation had their eyes on over the winter: third baseman Chase Headley went 0-for-4, and second baseman Stephen Drew went 0-for-3.
Astros 2, Indians 0
This game was packed with former A's. The highlight is Brandon Moss in his Cleveland debut, but he was not Mossome today -- 0-for-2, two strikeouts and a walk. In Houston's lineup, Chris Carter went 0-for-3 (but didn't strike out!) and Jed Lowrie was 0-for-2 with a walk. Luke Gregerson threw six pitches to record a perfect ninth for the save, which frankly is a little annoying because where was that last year?? Anyway, as I've said before, the Astros are gonna be better than you think.
Tigers 4, Twins 0
Yoenis Cespedes had a fantastic debut for Detroit. At the plate, he went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple and scored a pair of runs. And, although he didn't hit a home run, he did pull one back.
I assume he also threw out the batter walking back to the dugout.
Kurt Suzuki went 1-for-3, and Rajai Davis (leading off on Opening Day!) went 0-for-3 with a walk and a steal.
Royals 10, White Sox 1
It was not a good day for Jeff Samardzija. He went six innings, but he allowed five runs and struck out only one batter. Even worse, his own team got his name wrong on the lineup card. Just keep swimming, Shark. Geovany Soto also made a brief appearance but didn't get an at-bat. The Royals pounded out 13 hits, including two homers and three doubles.
Dodgers 6, Padres 3
Derek Norris went 2-for-4 with a double in his Padres debut, and he threw out Yasiel Puig stealing second. However, he let Jimmy Rollins and Joc Pederson steal bases and also got hit in the arm by the backswing of a Dodger hitter. So, basically a normal Norris game.
Mariners 4, Angels 1
Finally, someone else had to deal with Felix Hernandez on Opening Day. This time he terrorized the Angels, which is just awesome. It's like when there's a supervillain on a TV show but then in a later season he and the protagonist develop a common enemy and then we get to see them work together to beat the new bad guy. Felix on Opening Day is awesome when it's against the Angels! Also, Seth Smith went 3-for-3 with a double, a triple, and two RBI in his home Thafeco Field debut..
Orioles 6, Rays 2
Tampa Bay started John Jaso as the DH, which is awesome, but it wasn't enough to keep him healthy for more than one inning. He walked in his first at-bat, but then he injured his wrist sliding into second base later in the frame and had to leave. David DeJesus replaced him and went 2-for-3. But hey, if it makes you feel better, Manny Machado went 0-for-3 (with a walk). On the pitching side, Grant Balfour retired the only batter he faced.
Mets 3, Nationals 1
Bartolo Colon out-dueled Max Scherzer, sort of.
Colon: 6 innings, 1 earned run, 3 hits, 1 walk, 8 Ks
Scherzer: 7⅔ innings, 3 unearned runs, 4 hits, 2 walks, 8 Ks
Scherzer's defense let him down a bit, but it's tough to argue with Colon's 86-pitch effort. It probably helped that somehow Dan Uggla is still in the Majors and is starting for the supposed best team in baseball (Nats). Jerry Blevins, who is apparently on the Mets now, retired the only batter he faced, who happened to be Bryce Harper.
Braves 2, Marlins 1
Alberto Callaspo is back at third base, where he makes the least amount of nonsense in an MLB lineup. He went 1-for-3 with a walk. The story of the game, though, was the Marlins failing to close their retractable roof prior to a storm that they somehow didn't know was coming, and therefore suffering a rain delay in a roofed stadium. I want to laugh, but didn't the A's do that exact thing last year, but with their tarps instead of a roof? Someone checked a cheap app instead of the actual weather and then didn't tarp the field? Whatever, I'm just happy that someone besides us is getting laughed at for their park.
Cardinals 3, Cubs 0 (Sunday) -- A matchup of former A's mercenaries. Jon Lester lost his Cubs debut; in fact, he didn't even make it out of the fifth, finishing with three runs on eight hits and two walks. Matt Holliday went 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI.
Rockies 10, Brewers 0 -- Carlos Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Red Sox 8, Phillies 0 -- Boring mismatch without a single former Athletic.
Reds 5, Pirates 2 -- Excellent divisional matchup with a lot of exciting players, but no former A's.
Giants 5, Diamondbacks 4 -- Don't care.