If you weren’t sure, baseball is definitely back, and the players are crushing it! We already have some notable home runs through today’s first nine games:
- HEEEEEE’S BAAAAACK: Red Sox outfielder Grady Sizemore made his major league return, starting in center field in his first regular season game since September 22, 2011. Sizemore went 2-4 in the loss to Baltimore, including his first regular season home run since July 15, 2011 also against the Orioles.
- GRAND OLD TIME: Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins hit his 200th career home run in a 14-10 slugfest win over the Rangers. With two out in the second inning, Rollins crushed a grand slam home run off Texas starter Tanner Scheppers to give Philadelphia the 6-0 lead. According to ESPN:
Jimmy Rollins made his 14th straight Opening Day start for the Philadelphia Phillies, matching Cal Ripken’s major league record for the most consecutive seasons starting at shortstop for the same franchise…With a grand slam in the second inning, Rollins became the 19th player in major league history with at least 400 doubles, 100 triples and 200 homers.
- A WALK-ER OFF-ER: The Pittsburgh Pirates came away with the win over the Chicago Cubs thanks to a walk off solo shot in the 10th inning by second baseman Neil Walker. The home run was Walker’s first career walk off home run.
- DOUBLE THE HOME RUNS, DOUBLE THE FUN: Alejandro De Aza had his first career multi-home run game in the White Sox win over the Twins. De Aza started with a two run shot in the second inning, and followed it up with a solo shot in the sixth inning. Both of De Aza’s home runs came off of former Marlins teammate Ricky Nolasco. With his two home runs today, De Aza has hit one quarter of his career home runs off of the Minnesota Twins (8 of 32).
- POWER SURGE: Out of the first nine games played today, only one game did not have a home run (Atlanta vs. Milwaukee). Four teams today have had all of their runs scored from home runs (Pittsburgh, Boston, St. Louis, Toronto).