The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics have two games in the books already… I caught the last inning of today’s 4-1 Oakland win while eating breakfast this morning, and I watched the whole* rebroadcast of yesterday’s season opener on MLB Network last night.
Ichiro Suzuki‘s reception reminded me of the way fans reacted to Cal Ripken Jr. in his final games at the end of the 2001 season. It must have been a great feeling for him to put together a four-hit game in front of the cheering crowd.
Felix Hernandez was very good – it’s a shame he wasn’t able to earn a victory. Brandon McCarthy surprised me; I’d never really taken notice of him before.
*Any errors in my scorecard are due to the fact that I was starting to doze off a few times while watching the rebroadcast, which began shortly after 10 p.m. EDT and finished shortly before 1:30 a.m. EDT.