Here’s Adam Kilgore’s early game recap, in case you missed it:
Monday began for the Washington Nationals with a celebration of what they accomplished last season: the revealing of a title banner and collection of trophies, proceedings Manager Davey Johnson disparaged in the morning as “ceremony.” What came after the first pitch broadened imaginations and stretched the limits of what may happen over the next six months, a fever dream for longtime followers who endured 100-loss seasons and waited until two inexorable forces occupied the Nationals Park diamond, together at last for a full season.
Before a record regular season crowd, the Nationals’ 2-0 victory turned the Miami Marlins into props for the first major-league opening day of Bryce Harper’s career and the powerful efficiency of Stephen Strasburg. Harper’s two solo home runs in his first two at-bats of the season provided the only meaningful offense for the Nationals and countless stories to tell for the 45,274 who packed the stadium. Strasburg fired only 80 pitches over seven shutout innings, yielding three hits while inducing weak outs.
Read the rest here. Much, much more to come.