Well, that went about as well as could have been expected.
“Ace” rebounds from a horrendous spring with a strong opening day start?
Check. Jeremy Guthrie went 6 innings, allowing 3 ER on 7 hits, striking out 3.
Fan favorite and All-Star 2nd baseman, who had us worried about his health, shows that he is just fine?
Check. Brian Roberts went 3-for-4, with 2 singles and a double, and scored 2 runs.
The “kids” look ready to step up and continue their development as the
future current stars of the team?
Check. Adam Jones was 3-for-3, with 2 singles and a triple, knocked in 2 runs and scored 3. Nick Markakis went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.
Local boy turned villain, who shunned his hometown team for the evil empire, gets a wonderful B’More welcome, and chokes in the clutch?
Check and check. Mark Teixeira heard an earful from the O’s fans all afternoon, getting lustily booed from opening introductions all the way through his 0-for-4 Yankees debut, during which he left 5 men on base.
(I fully expect a video from the stadium, that captures the “booooo birds,” to surface sometime soon…I just can’t find one yet.)
Edit: In the meantime, we have this (courtesy of DeadSpin)
Beat down said evil empire, and their new “big (fat), bad (bad),” #1 starter?
Check. The O’s won, 10-5, chasing C.C. Sabathia after only 4.1, during which he gave up 6 runs on 8 hits, and racked up exactly ZERO strikeouts.
Sure, there were some low spots (Chris Ray’s 54.00 ERA after 1 day, for instance, or the fact that O’s pitchers still managed to walk 6 batters, many in the most head-scratching of situations), but those can be glossed over for now. The fact of the matter is, the O’s are 1-0, and (damn you Toronto!) tied for 1st place atop the A.L. East.
And there ain’t nothin wrong with that.