- The game itself offered the Brewers a taste of what they were missing most of last season from Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Yovani Gallardo, a core trio that will have a lot to say about what happens to the team this year. For those three players and everyone else, Opening Day offered an opportunity to turn the page from a tough 2013, though turning the page wasn’t enough for GM Doug Melvin.
- MLB.com columnist Mike Bauman wrote about Brewers fans embracing Braun in his return to active duty. Here’s video of the ovation that greeted Braun before his first at-bat.
- Braun had a hit taken away upon review, marking some baseball history.
- The final three outs offered a bit of a surprise, as Francisco Rodriguez, not Jim Henderson, was called upon in a save opportunity. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke explained after the game, and both K-Rod and Henderson reacted.
- Shortstop Jean Segura was in the starting lineup after fighting a sore shoulder in recent weeks. That news capped a remarkably healthy spring for the Brewers compared to recent years. That notebook also includes Mark Attanasio discussing the Brewers’ payroll situation, and, of course, a Hank the Dog mention. Click on the video of Opening Day festivities to see Joseph Attanasio’s rendition of the National Anthem.
- Bauman also wrote about MLB Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig, who attended his final Opening Day on the job, fittingly, in Milwaukee.
- Attanasio laughed when asked whether he was interested in following in Selig in that job.
- Clutch moment of the day: Ramirez’s go-ahead double.
- Defensive play of the day: Ramirez’s dive-and-throw in the seventh inning.
- Sausage of the day: Hot dog.
It’s back to normal tonight at Miller Park, where Kyle Lohse is set to face the Braves. Check out my colleague Mark Bowman’s look at Atlanta’s recent futility at Miller Park, and why Lohse on the mound usually means something weird is going to happen.
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