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7 April 2017

Ah. Opening Day.

I've managed to maintain quite a streak. I've been to Opening Day somewhere every year since 1993, when the Colorado Rockies held their very first Opening Day at the old Mile High Stadium. On sundry Opening Days I've seen sun, snow, rain, wind, hot, cold, the whole panoply during that time.

Well, there is one asterisk in the record book. Back on Opening Day 2008, at old Yankee Stadium, I was there, at my seat and patiently waiting through a rain delay. The game was ultimately postponed to the following evening. Bummer #1: On the way back into Manhattan, the skies parted and there was nothing but blue sky. Bummer #2: I was en route to Cairo, Egypt, the next day and was unable to attend the rescheduled game.

Nolan Arenado and Bud Black at Coors Field
Nolan Arenado received a bevy of awards during pre-game celebrations: a Gold Glove Award, a Defensive Player of the Year Award and a Silver Slugger Award. Here he's seen with the Rockies' new manager, Bud Black.

Kyle Freeland throws a pitch
Kyle Freeland, a Denver native, pitches a win against the Dodgers. It's his Major League debut and a rarity: making a debut at the home Opening Day. The last time that specific combination happened was back on April 19, 1966.

Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez on deck
Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez on deck.

Charlie Blackmon on the run
Charlie Blackmon (Chuck Nazty) heads for first base.

DJ LeMahieu, Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado on deck
Sluggers Row: DJ LeMahieu, Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado.

Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu
Charlie Blackmon at bat, with DJ LeMahieu on deck.

Snow on the Rocky Mountains
The snow is right where it belongs: on the Rocky Mountains, not on the Colorado Rockies baseball club.

Rockies win Opening Day 2017 at Coors Field 2-1

Rockies win Opening Day 2017 at Coors Field 2-1
Rox win! A 2-1 victory over last season's division champs, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Photos taken with the Sony A6300 and a 4.5-6.3/55-210mm lens, except for the last photo, taken with the iPhone 7 Plus Panoramic feature.

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