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MLB Opening Day was all sorts of weird (but baseball is back!)

This is the online version of our morning newsletter, The Morning WinSubscribe to get irreverent and incisive sports stories, delivered to your mailbox every morning. Charles Curtis is filling in for Andy Nesbitt today.

A QUICK NOTE: We have a bunch of staffers taking time off next week, so Morning Win is going to do the same. We’ll be back Monday, April 12 with more sports takes in your inbox. Thanks for reading!

Game 1 of 162 went down on Thursday as Major League Baseball kicked off its Opening Day festivities … and what a weird day filled with some bizarre moments.

Beyond the Pirates, Tigers and Rockies starting off 1-0 (not that weird!), there was the fact that the ageless Miguel Cabrera hit the first home run of the season while it was snowing like crazy in Detroit … then he slid into second because he wasn’t sure it was a dinger.

Then there was Cody Bellinger hitting a home run against the aforementioned Rockies, but because Justin Turner thought Colorado’s Raimel Tapia caught the ball, the infielder on the basepaths ran back to first PAST Bellinger.

If you’re scoring at home, that’s an RBI single for Bellinger, who was also out.

Like I said. WEIRD.

You can also watch a distraught Cleveland fan getting roasted on a post-game show by the host because said die-hard was ripping Franmil Reyes after exactly one game.

Other oddities: Bryce Harper’s wild Phillie Phanatic cleats. A combined 24 runs scored in the Royals-Rangers game. And I don’t know how weird this is but I think it counts: Athletics fans booing the heck out of the Astros nearly two years after their sign-stealing scandal went public.

Was it the cold weather all over the country? Opening Day nerves for fans and players alike? April Fools’ Day getting in everyone’s heads?

Whatever it was, it was fun. And baseball is back.

Quick hits: Roy Williams retires … Bad timing on a Flyers donation deal … Congrats to Brooks Koepka and Jena Sims!

— Roy Williams — not the ex-NFL safety — retired from college basketball coaching. Who could replace him? Fans on Twitter had ideas.

— Not great timing with this donation deal the Flyers tweeted out as their goaltending woes continue.

— Congrats to golf star Brooks Koepka and Jena Sims, who are now engaged!





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