MIAMI (AP) — The baseball season began
with a bang.
Ian Happ of the Chicago Cubs hit a home run on the very first pitch of the
year, connecting Thursday against Miami's Jose Urena at Marlins Park.
Happ tagged a 95 mph fastball and sent it
far over the right field fence.
The drive kept up a familiar pattern in
the majors: big leaguers hit a record 6,105 home runs last season.
Dwight Evans of the Boston Red Sox homered on the first pitch of the 1986
season, connecting off future Hall of Famer Jack Morris at Tiger Stadium.
Happ's homer was part of a three-run
first inning for the Cubs. New Marlins CEO Derek Jeter watched his team
instantly fall behind from his seat two rows back of the Miami dugout.