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Elephant Rumblings: 2020 MLB season begins, with some rain

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New York Yankees v Washington Nationals
Cy Young-caliber pitcher derp face
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Good morning, Athletics Nation!

The 2020 MLB season officially got underway on Thursday, after waiting four extra months through the coronavirus pandemic. Although, as bad omens go, the day ranked pretty high.

There were two games on the Opening Day slate, beginning with the Yankees and Nationals. Superstar pitchers Gerrit Cole and Max Scherzer faced each other and the game was going well, including homers by New York’s Giancarlo Stanton and Washington’s Adam Eaton. But then, in the middle of the sixth inning, heavy rain caused the game to stop and eventually be called off, and since it had gone at least five full innings it counted as official — Yankees win, 4-1.

In other words, in a season that carries the threat of being cut short by a further outbreak of the pandemic, the very first game was cut short by rain. Please don’t let that be foreshadowing.

This GIF of Rob Manfred being interviewed in front of the lightning storm is chillingly on the nose, both in terms of the public’s negative perception of the commissioner and also just the general cloud hanging over this season and this whole year in the world. (This is NOT doctored, this is an actual clip.)

In the second game, the Giants took on the Dodgers in Los Angeles. This game was played in its entirety — an 8-1 victory for L.A. — but not by the full expected cast. Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw was a late scratch due to back stiffness, robbing the opener of one of its biggest stars. It had nothing to do with the virus, but it was a reminder that we could see players disappearing from rosters suddenly throughout the season if they do test positive.

Despite those imperfections, though, Thursday still brought the return of MLB, with plenty of chances for things to go better on Friday. The A’s host the Angels at 7:10 p.m., and you can click here for all the info on how to watch or listen.

A’s Coverage:

MLB News, & Interest:

Best of A’s Twitter:

Remember, this taxi squad can change as the year goes on without needing to make any transactions

The opposition

Luzardo plans

More Luzardo

Lots of true statements on these signs

Dave Kaval FTW

If you didn’t already love J.B., then this should do it

Later Raiders

Let’s do this!

Best of MLB Twitter:

Including the signature Heyman typo

This should pump up the A’s postseason odds even further

Notable detail, especially if A.J. Puk ends up on the 45-day IL at any point this season

Pregame demonstration tonight

MLB supporting its players’ individuality and free expression

Soto is currently asymptomatic

Do you think he threw a ... curve?