Here are 10 interesting and fun facts & stats from MLB’s Opening Day 2013, in no particular order. It was a day that saw record crowds welcome back the national pastime…
1. Colin Cowgill joins Todd Hundley as the only other Mets player to hit a grand slam on Opening Day.
2. Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher to throw a shutout and hit a home run in a season opener since Bob Lemon did it with Cleveland in 1953.
3. Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander won for the first time in six Opening Day starts.
4. In three Opening Day appearances, Mets Ike Davis is now 0-12 with seven strikeouts.
5. The Angels beat the Reds 3-1 in 13 innings in the major’s first interleague season opener.
6. Nationals former #1 overall draft pick, Stephen Strasburg recorded 19 consecutive outs at one point in the team’s 2-0 win over the Marlins.
7. CC Sabathia has started five Yankees season openers, has a 7.42 ERA, and has never won.
8. The Mets now have 20 victories in their last 22 season openers at home including a 3-0 record at Citi Field.
9. The Cubs beat the Pirates 3-1 for their first opening season victory since 2009.
10. David Wright stole 2nd base twice on Opening Day. When asked if he plans on becoming a stolen-base threat this season, the Mets fourth Captain said, “I’m on pace for 400, so that’s my goal this year.”