I wasn't that excited at the start of baseball. But the opening day box scores made me happy.
Good for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to still print the box scores, which old baseball and newspaper fans like me grew up perusing.
Here's a few things I learned from around the major leagues:
When you give up four home runs and seven earned runs in 3.2 innings, as the Diamondbacks' Zack Greinier did against the Dodgers, your ERA is 17.18.
The battling Gurriel brothers of Cuba took the field for another year, Lourdes Jr. in Toronto, Yuli in Houston.
Marwin Gonzales has landed with the Twins.
Zach deGrom, who recently signed an extension with the Mets, finished the day with an 0.00 era as the Metropolitans beat the Nationals and Max Scherzer, who did record 12 strikeouts. The Astros' Justin Verlander and the Phils' Aaron Nola, the pride of Baton Rouge's Catholic High, also had good first-day outings.
The Red Sox's Chris Sale bombed.
Buster Posey still plays for the Giants. Albert Pujols still plays for the Angels. Miguel Cabrera still plays for the Tigers. Martin Prado still plays for the Marlins.
Machado's with the Padres, Puig with the Reds.
The Phils have Andrew McCutcheon, as well as Bryce Harper. Harper struck out twice, but McCutcheon homered.
The Yanks, Dodgers, Astros, Cubs and Brewers look good. The Mariners won too, but....
It was good to see Brian McCann in the Braves lineup. With Ronald Acuna and Freddie Freeman, the Braves might be OK. Or not.
Shortstop Carlos Correa was missing from the Astros lineup. But George Springer, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman were still there. Springer and Altuve homered.
While I'm thankful at the box scores' return, the complete list of batting averages and pitching records that used to run in the Sunday paper is long gone. The AJC still runs the top 10 in batting averages, home runs, RBI, era and wins, but I used to love seeing how every hitter and pitcher in the National and American Leagues was doing.
Guess I'll have to follow the box scores.