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Making the best of a canceled Opening Day

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Here’s what we’re missing today:

  • Washington vs. New York
  • Detroit vs. Cleveland
  • Chicago vs. Milwaukee
  • Kansas City vs. Chicago
  • New York vs. Baltimore
  • Boston vs. Toronto
  • San Francisco vs. Los Angeles
  • Minnesota vs. Oakland
  • Texas vs. Seattle
  • Philadelphia vs. Miami
  • Colorado vs. San Diego
  • Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay
  • St. Louis vs. Cincinnati
  • Los Angeles vs. Houston
  • Atlanta vs. Arizona

As we’ve noted, you can still get something of a baseball fix today thanks to classic games and events on MLB Network, ESPN, various online platforms and club social media accounts and — check your local listings — some rebroadcasts of games by regional sports networks. Not everyone does well with rerun baseball, but if you can get past that you can see some games today. It’s better than a kick to the shins.

This won’t be my official Baseball Question of the Day — we’ll do that again later this afternoon — but let’s consider it a supplemental one: what’s your favorite Opening Day memory?

If you’re a Braves fan it’s pretty easy, at least in recent years. On April 5, 2010 Braves rookie Jason Heyward made his big league debut, batting seventh against the Cubs and Carlos Zambrano at Turner Field in Atlanta. The Cubs scored three in the first off of Derek Lowe and the Braves batted in the bottom half. Yunel Escobar, who had just tied the game at three with a single, was standing on first base and Brian McCann was on second. Heyward took the first two pitches and Zambrano tried to sneak a fastball by him. Heyward launched it over the right field fence for a three-run home run. In his first Major League at-bat. His first big league swing, no less. He’d later single in Brooks Conrad to give him a 2-for-5, four-RBI day.

It was quite the damn thing:

So, any good Opening Day memories for you?

As you think about it, watch some of the highlights from last year’s Opening Day:

We’ll get through this eventually.