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    Post Opening Day Grand Slam Club

    The Regular Season is finally upon us. Sometimes it seems like the off-season gets longer & longer...

    On Opening Day (2003 when I made this list originally) I was only able to watch one game, but that game made me wonder, "Had any player ever hit a grand slam on Opening Day." If I am curious, I assume that other baseball fans must be as well. To that end I present:

    The Opening Day Grand Slam Club
    In Chronological Order

    Code:
    Year Lg Team                Name
    1892 NL Boston Beaneaters     Herman Long
    1894 NL Cincinnati Reds       Bug Holliday
    1927 NL New York Giants       Bill Terry
    1941 NL Chicago Cubs          Bill Nicholson
    1945 AL New York Yankees      Russ Derry
    1945 NL Cincinnati Reds       Dain Clay
    1952 NL Chicago Cubs          Hank Sauer
    1960 AL Chicago White Sox     Minnie Minoso
    1962 NL Pittsburgh Pirates    Roberto Clemente
    1971 AL Chicago White Sox     Bill Melton
    1973 AL Boston Red Sox        Carlton Fisk
    1978 AL Milwaukee Brewers     Sixto Lezcano
    1980 AL Milwaukee Brewers     Sixto Lezcano
    1981 AL New York Yankees      Bobby Murcer
    1981 AL California Angels     Brian Downing
    1982 AL Baltimore Orioles     Eddie Murray
    1986 AL Seattle Mariners      Jim Presley
    1991 AL Boston Red Sox        Jack Clark
    1993 AL Oakland Athletics     Eric Fox
    1994 AL Oakland Athletics     Terry Steinbach
    1995 AL Milwaukee Brewers     John Jaha
    1995 NL New York Mets         Todd Hundley
    1996 AL California Angels     Jim Edmonds
    1998 NL St. Louis Cardinals   Mark McGwire
    2000 AL Tampa Bay Devil Rays  Fred McGriff
    2000 NL Los Angeles Dodgers   Eric Karros
    2000 NL Houston Astros        Richard Hidalgo
    2002 AL Baltimore Orioles     Tony Batista
    2002 NL Florida Marlins       Preston Wilson
    2006 AL New York Yankees      Alex Rodriguez
    Hope you found this "Club" interesting...

    Sean
    Baseball Almanac
    "Where what happened yesterday is being preserved today."

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    i was at busch stadium in 1998 when mcgwire hit his-it was one of the most amazing things i have ever seen. before the game everyone was talking about mcgwire and 62 HR. then he comes up with the bases loaded. everyone was on their feet and thinking the exact same thing-grand slam. the place was electric. if memory serves me correctly, we were playing the dodgers and they changed pitchers, bringing in el presidente to face mac. when he hit it out, the stadium was literally rocking. i've been to world series games, playoff games, other opening days, and i've never heard such a noise at busch stadium. it was an incredable moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marlins305
    I believe that Juan Encarnacion of the Florida Marlins hit a Grand Slam on opening day in 2005 off John Smoltz against the Atlanda Braves. The final score was 9-0, the winning pitcher I believe was Josh Beckett.
    I think he's right. Juan belongs on this list.

    http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B04050FLO2005.htm


    Also, Soriano in 2003
    http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B03310TOR2003.htm
    and Phil Nevin in 2004.
    http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B04050LAN2004.htm


    edit to fix bad link
    Last edited by Utter Chaos; 09-20-2006 at 11:36 AM.

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    Carlos Pena in 2012

    Girardi had Sabathia intentionally walk Sean Rodriguez to get to Pena who made them pay.

    Pena would later hit a walk-off single off Mariano Rivera.

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    Colin Cowgill 2013 for the Mets against the Padres:



    "The Fightin' Met With Two Heads" - Mike Tyson/Ray Knight!

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    Hanley Ramirez did it today for Boston.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macker View Post
    Hanley Ramirez did it today for Boston.
    Making him one of only two players (Sixto Lezcano) who did it twice.

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