Originally Posted by WildcatFan
As soon as I saw the thread title, the 2005 game jumped to me. It's the only Opening Day I've ever been to, and beating Pedro seemed like an impossibility at the time. I remember Adam Dunn's quote from after the game on the radio, he was asked how he felt to be on pace for 324 home runs. He said, "Well I'm on pace for 324 strikeouts, too." That was a really fun team to watch if you skipped the parts of the innings where they had to pitch.
I'm with you on this one. I remember about a week before the game, I decided I wanted to be in town for the Opening Day celebration. Not necessarily to go to the game, but just be in town and soak it all in.
That weekend I drove to Louisville to see the pre-season starters vs backups game at Slugger park on Saturday. Then came home and found my dad had hooked my brother and me up with tickets. Not only tickets, but ridiculously good seats. Like 3rd row behind the Mets' dugout good seats.
What I remembered most was feeling so confident going into the 9th, thinking if they just kept it at 2, then Kearns and Dunn had it in them to at least tie it.
And the level of noise was so loud after Dunn's homer, that I don't think people were even paying attention until the Randa's crack of the bat.
2011 would have matched that one for me, but my brother and I decided to finance our "Baker's dozen" ticket package by selling the opening day seats.
One of us even remarked, "It's not like they can match the last one we went to anyway."