It’s only been a couple days since the MLB made its triumphant return around the country in games that actually count, but a lot of cool stuff has already happened.
As ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian says frequently, the beautiful part of baseball is you can head to the stadium every single night and see something that’s never happened before. With all the action taking place, we’ve taken the time to set aside as many tweets as we can find containing cool stats, facts or just a plain old observations of what’s going on.
Since baseball is played on a daily basis, there are tons of opportunities for this kind of stuff to happen, so we can safely assume the the following 21 tweets are just the beginning of something wonderful in 2017.
So many different cultures and backgrounds come together each spring and summer.
If this isn’t a sign that the 2017 season is going to be a lot of fun, then I don’t know what is.
These two guys are both pretty good pitchers, don’t you think?
As it turns out, Madison Bumgarner is also pretty good with the bat.
The San Diego Padres are rebuilding, but remnants of their most recent attempt at being a contender are still all over their payroll.
If you’re going to break a record, you might as well get it over with as soon as possible so you can enjoy the rest of your day.
The interesting tidbit here is that Yasmani Grandal‘s two-homer performance from both sides of the plate was only the third such occurrence in MLB history on Opening Day.
The Minnesota Twins also started the 2016 season 0-9 en route to a 103-loss campaign. Whether they’ll be a lot better or not this year is yet to be determined, but at least 2017 isn’t so painful at the moment.
The very definition of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.
Hey, it’s that Bumgarner guy again.
Times, they are a changin’. Ron Burgundy may have never heard that song, but some managers around baseball have.
Clayton Kershaw is good just about all the time, but he’s even better on Opening Day. Facing the San Diego Padres each of the last two years doesn’t hurt, either.
Cesar Hernandez still managed to hit a career-high 6 home runs last season, so maybe he’ll enjoy even more of a “power surge” in 2017.
Jeremy Hellickson is earning every bit of that $17.2 million salary this year already!
A popular American League Rookie of the Year pick, this probably won’t be the last cool thing Andrew Benintendi does for the Red Sox.
Infield single and Pablo Sandoval rarely ever go together, but they did this week.
This is the epitome of having a full arsenal of pitches to retire hitters on a consistent basis.
At 36-20 all-time, the New York Mets are one of the MLB’s best on Opening Day. Clearly, they don’t just like to win in Game 1, they like to do it convincingly.
Most of these names are shocking, but one isn’t — unless you fully expected Bumgarner to land on this list at some point during the year.
It’s been a very entertaining first few days of baseball, and thankfully, there’s still plenty to be played before the calendar flips to November.
About Matt Musico
Matt Musico currently manages Chin Music Baseball, contributes to The Sports Daily and is also an editor for numberFire. He has written for FanDuel Insider and Bleacher Report in the past. He’s a lover of all baseball, especially the Mets.