After all of the wait, the hype, and the performative politics, we finally had our Opening Day at The Shed with the fans in the stands and they were treated to...well, probably a very usual 2021 Texas Rangers baseball game.
I don’t have much to even say about it. The Toronto Blue Jays pretty much ambushed Mike Foltynewicz early in his Rangers debut — scoring once in the first inning and thrice in the second — and the Texas bats never woke up, with the team’s first extra base hit coming with two outs in the final frame.
By the time everyone was leaving their first in-person game at The Shed, the Blue Jays had scored six runs and the Rangers had scored twice.
I truly hope that everyone who went out to the park today got what they were interested in and that no one gets sick from the decision to hold the game at max capacity but as far as a baseball game goes, maybe they can ask for a refund?
Player of the Game: The offense for the Rangers provided slim pickings. We’ll throw a bone to Rule 5 pick Brett de Geus for tossing 2 2⁄3 innings of shutout baseball in a real bullpen-preserving outing.
Up Next: The Rangers and Jays will play a perhaps less psychologically-charged regular baseball game tomorrow with RHP Dane Dunning making his Rangers debut with LHP Taylor Hearn as his tandem partner against RHP Tanner Roark for Toronto.
Tuesday night’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm CT.