We’ve seen a lot more movie-themed nights at minor league parks recently. Star Wars nights, things like that. Well, in Toledo they’re doing “Ghostbusters Night” and they got Bill Murray to do the promo. His performance — doing his Harry Caray impersonation — is better than many of his post-“Groundhog Day”-pre-Wes Anderson/Sofia Coppola movies:
Now: they need to do “The Conversation Night” at some ballpark. I’m guessing Gene Hackman would bigtime them, but Cindy Williams is probably available. She could say “play ball!” a bunch of different times in a bunch of different inflections to the point where we have no idea what is going on.
The Toronto Blue Jays have named J.A. Happ their Opening Day starter. He’ll face off against Luis Severino and the New York Yankees on March 29 in Toronto.
Based on last season’s stats you’d assume Marcus Stroman would get the Opening Day assignment, but he has been slowed by a right shoulder inflammation this spring. He’ll get three extra days rest to start the season and start the finale of the four-game series against the Yankees. After Happ will come Aaron Sanchez and Marco Estrada. Jaime Garcia will be the fifth starter.
Happ, 35, is entering the final year of a three-year, $36 million deal. He went 10-11 with a 3.53 ERA in 25 starts last season.