Another edition of the Overtime Heroics: Cheap Seats Chatter Podcast is live now on Spotify. This edition features writers Alex Clark, Mathias Altman-Kurosaki, Joe Borek, and Ryan Potts as they talk about Opening Day
Two of the most loved words in the dictionary for any baseball fan are “Opening Day”. With baseball being played in April for the first time since 2019, the crew comes together to discuss some of the more interesting parts of a historic 2021 Opening Day.
Cheap Seats Chatter: Interesting Matchups
Tigers vs. Indians
Snow coming down in Cleveland wasn’t enough to stop opening day for the Indians and Tigers and made for a very rare visual for a baseball game. Future Hall-of-Famer Miguel Cabrera stole the show however by launching the first home run of the 2021 season with an opposite-field line drive barely clearing the fence.
Due to the snow, Cabrera didn’t even know that it cleared the wall and ended up sliding into second thinking he had hit a double. The homer was the 488th homer of his career leaving him just 12 shy of the 500 milestone.
Rangers vs. Royals
A game by nobody’s definition of a “pitcher’s duel”, the game got out of hand quickly with several runs scored by both teams before the end of the third inning. The final score more represented a football score as the Royals outslugged the Rangers 14-10 by the time all things were said and done.
There were three walk-offs on Opening day which made for an exciting finish for over a fifth of the games taking place. Even more interesting though, none of the wins from these teams came on a walk-off home run.
The Phillies walked off with a single from Jean Segura and the Brewers walked off with a single from Orlando Arcia. However the strangest walk-off belongs to the Mariners who walked-off the Giants off a bases loaded walk to Jake Fraley.
Cheap Seats Chatter: Other Stories
Relatively unknown catcher with the Chicago White Sox Yermin Mercedes made history as the first player in the modern era to go 5-for-5 in his first start in the major leagues.
Mercedes, a rule five draft pick, had only played in one MLB game previous to starting that game. As the designated hitter, Mercedes finished the day with four singles, a double, and four RBIs.
Francisco Lindor Extension
Lindor, traded to the Mets over the offseason from the Cleveland Indians, gave his new team a deadline of opening day to get a deal put together and at the 11th hour, a deal was struck.
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