Thursday, the Brewers opened up their season with a 11-3 drubbing of the Oakland Athletics, who were too concerned voting Eric Sogard as #FaceOfMLB to be interested in any baseball game they had to play.
Marco Estrada came away with the “win”, despite a shaky first inning, the Brewers scored in every inning but the seventh and the eighth, and Ryan Braun showed he wasn’t all of a sudden terrible at baseball, homering on the second pitch he saw.
Here are a few quick, yet cautious, reactions from the game.
Mitch Haniger is a baseball player
Top-ten prospect Mitch Haniger followed up his intrasquad game homer on Wednesday with another bomb in his only plate appearance on Thursday. Though less-hyped than other 2012 first rounders Clint Coulter and Victor Roache, Haniger, 23, has risen up the ranks faster than anyone from the draft class. He won’t make the big league roster this spring, but many anticipate him to be ready as soon as next season. I really like Mitch Haniger. MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy likes Mitch Haniger. Mitch Haniger fits the mold of a major leaguer. (Cautiously) buy into his stock.
Francisco won’t make things easy for Overbay
Engaged in competition for the spot as a left-handed hitting first baseman with Lyle Overbay, the polarizing Juan Francisco got his spring off to a hot start, hitting two homers and driving in three runs. Nobody wins a job on the first day of spring, but Francisco won’t be making things easy for the 37-year-old. The Juan Francisco bandwagon is rolling and Derek Harvey of Brew Crew Ball is driving. Get on.
How soon until we don’t notice the boos for Braun?
Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer in his first plate appearance back from suspension, but that wasn’t all that happened. There was a fan–reportedly a grown man–chanting “MV-PED” throughout his time at the dish. Oh boy. This season’s going to be fun, isn’t it?