Well, this is embarrassing.
The Marlins had a 16-minute rain delay during their Opening Day contest against the Braves this afternoon. It was a first in the history of Marlins Park and not exactly something you would expect in a stadium with a retractable roof.
How did this happen? Marlins president David Samson told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that he made the call to leave the roof open before the game:
“I tried to predict that a cloud would go north; it went south on top of our ballpark,” Marlins president David Samson said. “The roof closed as quickly as I could get it closed, short of me pushing it. So we had a 16-minute rain delay, which was the first at Marlins Park.”
Let’s just say that Samson doesn’t have a future in meteorology.
Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is already making friends in his new digs. Check out this leaping catch he made to rob Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki of a home run this afternoon:
Cespedes, who was acquired from the Red Sox for Rick Porcello this winter, also made an impact with the bat. He went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, and two runs scored. His triple, as you’ll see in the video linked here, probably would have been a home run in most parks.
The Royals got a bit of a scare a little while ago, as right-hander Yordano Ventura exited his Opening Day start against the White Sox after going down in a heap after throwing a pitch in the seventh inning.
Fortunately, it turned out to not be a big deal. Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star says that it was a right thumb cramp and the team trainer “does not consider it serious.” Crisis averted.
Ventura, who signed a five-year, $23 million extension with the Royals over the weekend, allowed one run (a solo homer by Jose Abreu) over six-plus innings before exiting. It was his first career Opening Day assignment.
Ryan Braun didn’t have an issue with his right thumb during spring training, but now he has a new injury to deal with.
Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Braun exited Monday’s season opener against the Rockies with a ribcage strain. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before leaving the game. He’s scheduled to be reevaluated tomorrow, but this is something that could put him down for a little while. Gerardo Parra should get most of the playing time in right field for now.
Braun, 31, struggled though a thumb injury last season while hitting .266/.324/.453 with 19 home runs and 81 RBI over 135 games.