Happy Friday, some quick links for your morning:
Dodgers had a lot of stars on Opening Day
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports on how Ryu was in complete control in his six-innings of work.
“His heartbeat is so consistent, and he never lets nerves or pressure get to him,” said manager Dave Roberts.
OC Register’s Bill Plunkett writes about Corey Seager’s big day. Seager took the day in stride.
“Not really. I tried not to think about it too much and treat it like any Opening Day,” he said. “I didn’t really want to go back there. I really just tried to enjoy the moment. Be present.”
Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times has a nice feature on how important the return of Corey Seager is to how the Dodgers will do in 2019. Andrew Friedman, President of Baseball Operations is quoted on what Seager brings to the lineup.
“He’s just a guy who is really tough to game-plan for. That quality of at-bat, interjected in the middle of our lineup, extends our lineup in ways that I’m not sure we fully appreciated until living without him last year.”
ESPN.com’s Alden Gonzalez writes about how the 2018 Dodgers did talk among themselves about their 2017 World Series loss and how that isn’t happening this year.
“Having that defeat in 2017 and how we let that carry over into the 2018 spring training -- that fed into the season, where we got off to that slow start,” Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill said a couple of days before Opening Day. “This year, coming back -- guys are a lot more pissed. Guys are pissed. Guys want to go out and win.”
Around the majors
SBNation.com’s Eric Stephen has some first thoughts on every team after their first game.
Riddle me this: who hit the first home run of the season for Miami? (It was J.T. Riddle, who hit a solo pinch-hit blast in the sixth inning).
SI.com’s Matt Martell gives a concise summary of each game.
It took one game for San Diego Padres top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. to enter the record book writes MLB.com’s A.J. Cassavell.
The Athletic’s Tim Britton writes on how Opening Day went very well for New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen.
Finally, some pictures from Opening Day
What an entrance, @ArmyGK. #OpeningDayLA pic.twitter.com/3lU1w8pDuP— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 28, 2019
What a day. #OpeningDayLA pic.twitter.com/2NwuNJwj3G— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 29, 2019
#NewkForever #BiggerThanBaseball #OpeningDay @dodgers @DodgersFdn pic.twitter.com/LzYTrMOzjA— Kenley Jansen (@kenleyjansen74) March 29, 2019