This year, Major League Baseball celebrated its Opening Day(s) on April 5 and 6.
The New York Yankees opened their season without shortstop Derek Jeter for the first time in twenty seasons. The Yankee’s loss of 1-6 against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, April 6 may or may not be correlated to the loss of Jeter. The Yankees then won another game 4-3 against the Blue Jays on Wednesday, April 8, but the Blue Jays came back to win the series on April 9, winning the final game 6-3.
After trading many prominent members of their 2014 season team, the Boston Red Sox opened the 2015 season in Philadelphia against the Phillies on Monday, April 6. Finishing last place in the American League Eastern Division last season, the Red Sox completed mid-season trades of starting pitcher Jon Lester, left fielder Jonny Gomes, and starting pitcher John Lackey, among others. With a rebuilt team, the Red Sox defeated the Phillies 8-0 on Monday, shocking many baseball fans. While the Sox lost to the Phillies 2-4 on April 8, they turned around and won 6-2 the next day.
The Baltimore Orioles, a team notorious for their mistakes, won 6-2 against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 6, after a disappointing finish in last season’s playoffs. Baltimore went on to win 6-5 on April 7 and lose 0-2 on April 8, but the jury is still out is on this unpredictable team.
Major League Baseball continues its season through October 2015.