For seamheads, Opening Day is just what the doctor ordered

  • Updated: April 1, 2014 - 7:24 AM
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Best photo Baseball! Green grass and perfectly manicured dirt! American flags! Flyovers! If you look closely, you can see apple pie, your mother and some guy playing the blues. America! Thank you, Louis DeLuca, for snapping this one in Arlington, Texas.

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Nothing can touch the first day of the NCAA tournament as the annual king of sports-induced “sick” days. For seamheads, however, Monday was the day to [cough] call the boss and [cough, cough] tell him or her you were fighting off [cough, HACK] a nasty bug. Luckily, we get paid to sit around and watch professional baseball all day, so no phony call was needed. Here were our favorite moments from taking it all in:

BEST QUOTE

“I did have one … in Triple-A.” — Neil Walker, the Pittsburgh native who launched a walk-off homer for his Pirates, his first (major league) walk-off hit.

BEST STAT

8 erned runs allowed by Philly’s Cliff Lee, who became the first Opening Day starter to get a victory despite giving up eight runs since Dutch Leonard of the Washington Senators in 1945. Hat tip, SABR stats.

BEST REMINDER THAT CHEATERS SOMETIMES WIN

Brewers star Ryan Braun, back after his 65-game suspension for the Biogenesis scandal, was given a standing ovation by the announced 45,691 fans in his first at-bat at Miller Park. The former NL MVP later scored a run in Milwaukee’s 2-0 victory over Atlanta.

BEST OTHER REMINDER THAT CHEATERS SOMETIMES WIN

Nelson Cruz, who hit 27 homers with Texas last year before getting suspended 50 games for the Biogenesis scandal, hit the go-ahead home run for his new team as host Baltimore beat Boston 2-1.

Best bomb

The Nationals’ Adam LaRoche and his huge beard belted a monster that cleared some of Citi Field’s upper deck.

Best tweet

“Like y’all to meet our new son Boston Matthew. was 6lbs 6oz born at 9:19 this morning. Everyone is healthy.” — @BrianDuensing52, Twins pitcher.

Best non-baby-news tweet

“A recent study shows that the earlier you get to Miller Park to tailgate, the more bratwursts you can enjoy. That’s a fact. #BrewersOpener” — @Brewers (verified team account).

Best replay challenge

The first challenge ever! We were thrilled it happened, especially after watching a few weeks worth of hourlong reviews of hundredths of seconds in the NCAA tournament. See, what happened was, the runner was … oh, forget it. Four-hour baseball, boo.

Best player

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