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1998 Opening Day/Night Starters

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Can you believe that it will be 10 years since the McGwire/Sosa homerun chase and 10 years since the Yankees tore through the American League on their way to an 114 win season? I really have nothing to add to that and I am just posting one of my random lists, this time around every team's Opening Day/Night starter from the '98 season. I went to every A's Opening Night game from 1995-2002 and in '98 it was actually a fairly momentous occasion as they were playing the Red Sox in Pedro Martinez's first ever start for them. Pedro dominated as expected but glancing at the boxscore I forgot it was also Dennis Eckersley's first appearance in Oakland since 1995 as he played his final year with the Sox. On to the list...

 

Angels: Chuck Finley

Astros: Shane Reynolds

Athletics: Tom Candiotti

Blue Jays: Roger Clemens

Braves: Greg Maddux

Brewers: Cal Eldred

Cardinals: Todd Stottlemyre

Cubs: Kevin Tapani

Devil Rays: Wilson Alvarez

Diamondbacks: Andy Benes

Dodgers: Ramon Martinez

Expos: Carlos Perez

Giants: Shawn Estes

Indians: Charles Nagy

Mariners: Randy Johnson

Marlins: Livan Hernandez

Mets: Bobby Jones

Orioles: Mike Mussina

Padres: Kevin Brown

Phillies: Curt Schilling

Pirates: Francisco Cordova

Rangers: John Burkett

Reds: Mike Remlinger

Red Sox: Pedro Martinez

Rockies: Daryl Kile

Royals: Tim Belcher

Tigers: Justin Thompson

Twins: Bob Tewksbury

White Sox: Jamie Navarro

Yankees: Andy Pettitte

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Oh man I remember that Mets opener in 98 against the Phils. They were ravaged by injuries and sent out an absolute shit Dusty Baker 2006 Cub like line up and got shutout for like 15 innings before winning 1-0 on a walk off hit by light hitting Alberto Castillo.

 

Thank God they got Piazza a month later as that team was tough to watch.

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