The best time of the year is back upon us as MLB returns. So as we head into the long beautiful grind of the 2021 Major League Baseball season, we look back at some takeaways from Opening Day.
Takeaway #1: Miggy’s Snowy Blast
The first homerun of the 2021 campaign came off the barrel of the legendary future first-ballot Hall of Famer, Miguel Cabrera. But the beauty of the moment was the homer landing as the snow fell. Cabrera would slide into second base thinking it was a double only to be informed that it was indeed a homerun. It was also a milestone homerun as it was Miguel’s 350th homer as a Detroit Tiger. And that homerun would give Miguel 488 for his career and career hit number 2,867. Thus leaving Cabrera just 12 homeruns short of 500 for his career and 133 hits away from 3,000. A good season from Miguel Cabrera could see him achieve both of these milestones in an already stellar Hall of Fame career.
Takeaway #2: Strong Starts for Nolan Arenado & Gary Sanchez
Two players that I will be paying a lot of attention to this season got off to great starts on MLB’s Opening Day. Nolan Arenado is my pick for the National League Most Valuable Player, and Gary Sanchez is my pick for American League Comeback Player of the Year. And for both players getting off to good starts in 2021 was crucial as both men had something monumental to play for in 2021.
The claims against Arenado by baseball writers that his great offensive numbers were a product of Coors Field will be discredited this season with an outstanding performance in St. Louis. And for Gary Sanchez, this is his last hurrah with the Yankees. Another poor showing from Sanchez in 2021 would spell the end of his tenure in the Bronx. So for both men, 2021 is an important season for their futures.
Takeaway #3: BASEBALL IS BACK, BABY!!!!
Yes, the biggest and most important takeaway from MLB Opening Day is that baseball is back. A full 162 game season for each club is here. Every night for the next seven months, we will be graced with baseball on televisions. This is the time of year that baseball fans rejoice. And I, for one, am ecstatic for baseball’s return. This is the greatest sport in the world, and no one can convince me otherwise. And IT IS BACK!