So, Opening Day 2011 is over- the weather was threatening in our nation's capital, but the game was played, and the beloved Braves won 2-0. For the second year in a row, Mr. Jason Heyward homered in his first at bat of the season. Today's blast went out on a line, giving the Bravo's their 2-0 lead. In doing so, Heyward became only the second player to hit home runs in his first at bat on consecutive Opening Days in his first two seasons. The other, you ask? Kazuo Matsui of the Mets. He did it in 2004 and 2005.
Another 2011 Topps Insert-this one the 'Red Diamond' card from the Series I packs found at Target. Another bargain price on this one-I paid $1.99 delivered for it. And like the Stadium Lights insert set, I really like the front of the card, while the backs leave much to be desired. The "diamond" motif in this year's Topps works really well-obviously they're celebrating 60 years, but it's just fitting-what with baseball being played on a diamond. It wouldn't/won't work as well with football. The write up for the "Diamond Gem" is a good idea, considering the theme of the insert-but that's where the praise ends. Hopefully, the series 2 insert backs will have a little more thought and creativity put into them.