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Hit and Run: Opening Day

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A walk-off win, extra innings, and Bill Murray hijinks all packed into one day of baseball.

Hit and Run: Opening Day

We had our third "Opening Day" yesterday, which featured some more diverse action across the league.  The Hit and Run will discuss some of the highlights of the previous day's action in a short format, just like the baseball titular vernacular.

1. It's a walk-off.  Well it didn't take long for MLB to get it's first walk-off victory of the year.  The Detroit Tigers looked set against the Boston Red Sox.  They led 2-0 going into the 9th with closer Jose Valverde and his consecutive saves streak coming in.  Boston promptly tied the game in dramatic fashion (on a 2-out triple by Ryan Sweeney) to knot everything up.  

Detroit then responded in the bottom of the 9th by loading the bases for former Yankee prospect Austin Jackson.  Detroit's center fielder was already 2-for-4 in the game, and ripped the game-winning single to left off de facto closer Alfredo Aceves (also a former Yankee).  The pitcher that got Boston into trouble that inning? Newly acquired Mark Melancon, also a former Yankee.  I smell a couple rats.

2. Free baseball.  Not only did we get a walk-off win yesterday, but we also had extra innings.  And it wasn't just some 10-inning, routine extra innings affair.  This was a 16-inning marathon.  The visiting Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians just didn't want to stop playing.  After Toronto erased a 4-1 deficit off Cleveland closer Chris Perez, the two teams kind of stagnated for six innings.  Both teams had chances, but could break through.

That all changed in the top of the 16th with a three-run bomb by Toronto's J.P. Arencibia.  That made the lead 7-4 for the Jays, and they never looked back.  Overall, the game took 5 hours and 14 minutes to complete.  So basically, it was one Red Sox/Yankees game.

3. Bill Murray being Bill Murray.  Nothing on Opening Day III could possibly top anything Bill Murray does.  The man is a golden god and can do no wrong, especially where sports are concerned.  He obviously has made his mark in sports culture with his turn in "Caddyshack" and also had a hand in saving Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes in "Space Jam" (with a slick behind-the-back pass to boot).  

Murray was at opening day for the Chicago Cubs to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.  But, being Bill Murray, he had to spice things up a little bit.  Instead of just throwing out the first pitch, Murray decided to get the first lap around the bases.  Sports Grid had the video:

I'm officially starting the movement to get Bill Murray to throw out the first pitch at every MLB stadium this year.  More people need to experience these high levels of awesomeness.

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