The final Opening Day at Turner Field. That’s right. The final one. This should have been exciting. It was not. It was sad. Sad to see a team trying to “not win” by rebuilding. I won’t apologize for feeling betrayed by corporate owners who don’t want to lose money.
Baseball is about winning. Not at all costs but we should play with the intent to win. We need that from owners, management and players. We need to be in the game.
This game provided the stage for a couple of division rivals to reunite in thrilling fashion. After overcoming their bullpen’s rough eighth inning, the Nationals tied the game in the ninth and then saw Daniel Murphy cap his memorable debut with a 10th-inning go-ahead double that proved decisive in the April 4th 4-3 win over the Braves.
Playing in his first game with the Nationals, Murphy extended last year’s postseason power surge with a fourth-inning homer off Julio Teheran. The veteran second baseman then followed Gordon Beckham’s throwing error in the 10th by delivering an opposite-field double that scored Ryan Zimmerman and preserved the effort submitted by Max Scherzer, who limited his damage over seven innings to solo home runs from Freddie Freeman and Adonis Garcia.
Things just didn’t fall into place. This was the last Opening Day at Turner Field. Things are supposed to fall into place. It just didn’t happen. We played a great ballgame until the last couple of innings.
And a bright spot was …
That was a pretty humbling experience, you just wish the ending could have been a little different for us.
— Jeff Francoeur, on the raucous ovation he drew as he came to the plate as a Brave for the first time since 2009 and drew a one-one walk that sparked Atlanta in the eighth