1980. My one and only opening day. It was at Riverfront (obviously) against the Braves. I was pumped because I assumed it would be Tom Seaver starting. It turned out being Frank Pastore (I never found out why...I'm assuming Tom was injured). Regardless, Pastore pitched an absolute gem. 3 hit shutout of the Braves. We won like 8 to zip. Just a great way to start a season.
Remembering this got me curious. I found the game. http://www.baseball-reference.com/bo...98004090.shtml
I never realized that Pastore also allowed 0 walks. It was a NINE to zip win too.
Hehe. I also just found out after ALL THIS TIME why Seaver didn't start. The internet is a beautify thing. http://www.baseballlibrary.com/ballp...age=chronology
Apr 9, 1980 - The Reds Tom Seaver is scratched from his Opening Day start against the Braves because of the flu‚ and his replacement‚ Frank Pastore‚ tosses a 3-hit shutout. Braves P Phil Niekro is on the short end of the 9-0 decision. George Foster knocks a 2-run double off Niekro in the first inning‚ and receives credit for the first game-winning RBI‚ a newly created ML stat that will survive till the end of the 1988 season.
Heck, for that matter I never even realized that they did away with the GWRBI stat. I just never freaking noticed.