By: Alex Patt
It was Opening Day in baseball, which meant both the Cubs and White Sox were in regular-season action for the first time in 2018. Both teams won, but not without some fun and/or odd occurrences.
The came the Bulls and Blackhawks, two teams almost near the end of their seasons as neither will be in the playoffs, who both played later in the evening. They themselves had some memorable moments today. So to sum it up quickly, here is what occurred in Chicago sports on March 29th, 2018.
In their opening day win in Miami, leadoff man Ian Happ swung at the first pitch of the 2018 MLB season and belted it into the right field stands. He had a monster spring training with seven home runs, and he followed right where he picked up. It was a no-doubt shot.
After falling behind 4-0 in the first, the Sox would end up winning 14-7 behind six home runs. Matt Davidson became the fourth player in MLB history to hit three home runs on opening day. Tim Anderson hit two and Jose Abreu hit one. Most team home runs in an opener since the 1988 Mets did it to the Expos.
With about eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Bulls were down, but that was not the story. Robin Lopez was given a technical, which he…well did not like, to say the least. He got real mad and started saying some things to the officials that cannot be repeated, and was ejected.
It was a game which featured three Blackhawks debuts, including one unexpected one. First was forward Dylan Sikura, the young prospect who was just singed out of Northeastern University. Then goaltender Collin Delia, who was called up from Rockford after J. F. Berube was put on waivers, was slated in to start the game. In the third period, Delia got hurt. Okay, Anton Forsberg can come in…not so fast…he got hurt in the warm ups.
Emergency backup, 36-year old Scott Foster had to suit up and come in. He never even tasted NHL action before, and was a complete unknown by anyone when he came in. Foster got into the crease to finish the game the Hawks were winning 6-2. He ended up making seven stops as the fans cheered loudly for him on each one. He gave up zero goals and got the number-one star of the game.
Oh and it was Brent Seabrook‘s 1,000th NHL game.