Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ kicked f the 2018 MLB season by belting a homerun on the very first pitch he saw from Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena. Happ’s solo shot was part a three-run first inning for the Cubs, as Urena beaned three batters and walked in a run.
Not only did Happ’s leadf homerun spark an early rally for the Cubs, but it also meant that Cubs reporter Michael Cerami had to take a dip into Lake Michigan.
Both the Cubs and Marlins are honoring the victims last month’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with a number tributes planned during the season-opening four-game series. Both teams are wearing patches with the initials “MSD” and 17 stars to honor the number lives lost in the shooting.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, a Stoneman Douglas alum, watched as his former High School won 15-0 on Tuesday night and will host the team at Friday’s game as well, according to ESPN.
Prior to Friday’s game between the Cubs and Marlins in Miami, four families victims or survivors the tragic shooting are scheduled to throw out the first pitch.