Opening Day’s always special
Monday’s Opening Day was one for the ages in Pittsburgh.
Neil Walker’s home run in the bottom of the 10th inning off of Chicago Cubs reliever Carlos Villanueva lifted the Pirates to a 1-0 victory.
Walker, a Pittsburgh native, had Pittsburgh’s first opening-day walkoff homer since Bob Bailey’s off San Francisco’s Juan Marichal in a 1-0 victory in 1965.
Monday’s Opening Day was the introduction of Major League Baseball’s new replay system.
Pittsburgh reliever Bryan Morris earned the win, but got some much needed assistance. Morris tried to pick off Emilio Bonifacio in the top of the 10th, but Bonifacio was called safe. However, the replay reversed the call.
Also, one of MLB’s most controversial characters, Barry Bonds, returned to Pittsburgh after two decades, drawing a mixture of boos and cheers.
Bonds’ appearance was his first since leaving as a free agent for the San Francisco Giants before the 1993 season.