30 in 30: A Chiefs Countdown to Opening Day – Day 21
We’re counting down until Opening Day with a new post on our Inside the Chiefs blog every day until Syracuse’s opener on April 3rd. Here’s what’s on tap today…
Some Monday morning musings on our final full week without baseball…
So, um, the MLB season started this weekend. Did you know that? No, not spring training – the actual major-league regular season started. At 4:30 in the morning in Australia.
Seriously! The Dodgers and Diamondbacks kicked off 2014 with a pair of games in the Sydney Cricket Ground…before flying back stateside and continuing spring training. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, either, but it’s all part of MLB trying to expand its game and its brand worldwide. So, in case you were asleep (you probabl were) or didn’t notice because of the NCAA Tournament (you probably didn’t), here are some highlights of the official start of professional baseball games that mean something in 2014:
– The Dodgers won both games, 3-1 and 7-5.
– A Diamondbacks team bus got a flat tire while a half-mile from the ballpark. Some players walked the remainder of the way.
– A two-foot long hot dog sold for $36.
– The game-time temperatures were 70 and 80 degrees, respectively.
Speaking of weather, by the way, we’re almost in range for the 10-day forecast giving us the lowdown on Opening Day. And despite some snow flurries outside at the moment, the news is fairly bright:
Look at those temperatures! That’s practically summer weather for the beginning of April in Syracuse. So unless there’s a massive and random plummet on the thermostat, April 3rd should be well into the 50s for an Opening Day spectacular. You won’t even need that fleece blanket that you’ll get on Saturday, April 5th. (That’s our giveaway, presented by Coca-Cola, on our first Giveaway Saturday.)
And we’re a bit closer to learning the Chiefs’ Opening Day roster today, with the Nationals sending right-hander Blake Treinen to minor-league camp. Treinen, who dazzled as a non-roster invitee in his first big-league camp, sported a 3.64 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) with Harrisburg last year, but will likely be used as a reliever this season after impressing out of the bullpen in camp.
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