Opening Day has become one of the best afternoons of the entire baseball season. Every team has a renewed outlook at the season. Every player starts with a perfect average. Every ball club begins in first place.
The grand spectacle that is Opening Day gets every player excited, and when players are excited, they take to Twitter to make sure the whole world knows they are. Both former and current Redbirds made their thoughts known yesterday.
Matt Carpenter, who signed an off-season contract extension to remain with St. Louis through the 2019 season, was ready to go yesterday.
It's here… #OpeningDay
— Matt Carpenter (@MattCarp13) March 31, 2014
Kolten Wong reached base twice yesterday against Cincinnati, including a beautiful bunt single.
It's finally here… Opening day!!! Lets get it going #CardinalNation
— Kolten Wong (@KoltenWong) March 31, 2014
Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold experienced Opening Day in Cincinnati, where there was a parade through the streets in celebration of another season.
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) March 31, 2014
Every team has that funny guy. Joe Kelly fits the role perfectly with St. Louis.
I feel like I have something to do today
— Joseph Kelly Jr. (@JosephKellyJr) March 31, 2014
Trevor Rosenthal, who notched his first save of the season yesterday with a perfect ninth inning, hanging out with Kelly and outfielder Peter Boujos before the opener. Bourjos turned 27 yesterday.
— Trevor Rosenthal (@TrevRosenthal) March 31, 2014
When Kevin Siegrist tweets, you know something is a big deal.
Now we go. #OpeningDay
— Kevin Siegrist (@KevinSiegrist) March 31, 2014
Adam Wainwright received a lot of deserved praise yesterday after notching his 100th career win.
Congrats to Waino tonight, 100th Career Win! #nasty
— Shelby C Miller (@ShelbyMiller19) March 31, 2014
Xavier Scruggs may have said it best.
Nothing better than baseball being back!
— Xavier Scruggs (@Xavier_Scruggs) April 1, 2014
The Redbirds open their season on the road this Thursday, April 3, at Iowa. They then begin the 15th season inside AutoZone Park the following Friday, April 11, at 7:05 pm against Iowa. If you have not already, grab tickets to the opening series and we hope to see you around the park soon!
Thursday, April 9, 7:05 PM – Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City RedHawks
- The Opening Day Line-Up is as follows:
1. Shane Robinson – CF
2. Tyler Greene – SS
3. Jon Jay – LF
4. Joe Mather – RF
5. Nick Stavinoha – 1B
6. Allen Craig – 3B
7. Brian Barton – DH
8. Jarrett Hoffpauir – 2B
9. Bryan Anderson – C
P – Mitchell Boggs
- The Redbirds have a 4-7 Opening Day record.
- The ‘Birds are 4-3 when hosting Opening Day in Memphis (3-3 at AZP).
- The past four openers have been against Oklahoma City, the ‘Hawks have won the previous three.
- The Redbirds last win on Opening Day was in 2005 (1-0 win vs. OKC).
- Mather went two-for-four on Opening Day last season with a double, triple and one run.
- Hoffpauir went two-for-three in last season’s Home Opener, scoring one run.
- The ‘Birds landed a 9-7 record versus Oklahoma City in 2008, 5-3 at home.