By Drew Cameron,
Sports Business Writer
Not even baseball is safe from global warming. As winter-like temperatures continue despite the start of spring, many opening day games were delayed or rescheduled. As seen on SportsCenter, Fenway Park was covered in snow, and the tarp protecting the field at Yankee Stadium was frozen to the ground and covered in ice. Opening Sunday featured three big matchups, including some of the most talked-about clubs. Headlining the Sunday slate was a World Series rematch between the defending Champion Kansas City Royals and the National League Champion New York Mets. An exciting NL Central matchup between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals also took place, while the defending AL East champion Toronto Blue Jays took on the Tampa Bay Rays in Florida.
One of the most anticipated games on opening Monday was the AL Wild Card rematch between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros, however it) was pushed back to Tuesday due to poor field conditions and weather.
Kyle Schwarber, who broke out last season with the Cubs, went down with a season ending knee injury this week after colliding with teammate Dexter Fowler on a pop-up play in the outfield. These cold temperatures have kept attendance low at many Northeastern stadiums this year so far. The weather also makes players vulnerable to a whole slew of injuries. The injury bug can derail teams, especially those without much depth. However, they do provide opportunities for fresh talent to break through in the big leagues.
As the season progresses, it will be interesting to see how some players adjust to their new clubs and whether the expensive off-season signings will pay dividends. With the season approaching the end of the first week, there have already been numerous highlight reel plays and impressive displays of hitting. Reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson is already reminding pitchers that they must be careful against him, as he clubbed a grand slam in his team’s loss on Friday against the Red Sox. Bryce Harper is also off to a scorching start, and will look to repeat his impressive numbers from his MVP campaign last season.
The Yankees’ new pairing of Didi Gregorius and Starlin Castro has already proven to be quite the duo on both sides of the ball.
The Yankees will benefit from a strong bullpen, while depending on their starters to keep them in games and turn in consistent performances. The Mets meanwhile, have one of the top rotations in baseball. As long as their offense can produce a few runs on a consistent basis, they will repeat their success from last season. It has only been one week, and with five months left in the season, the excitement is already beginning to pile up.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, April 12th print edition.
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