Home should be an oratorio of the memory, singing to all our after life melodies and harmonies of old remembered joy."~ Henry Ward Beecher, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit
Having missed the team's official home opener on Friday night, Chip made his 2012 home debut today against the Brewers. How has Number 10 done in Home Openers over his career? Well, coming in to today, Chip was hitting .400 (26-65) with 10 runs, 1 2B, 1 HR, 15 RBI, and 12 BB. In his first 17 home openers, only once has he gone hitless- that was on April 5, 1999 against the Phillies (although he did have a walk and scored a run that day).
His first full season home opener came in 1995 against the Giants on April 26 (remember, the strike caused a late beginning to season). That day, he went 2-5 with 2 RBI and 3 Runs scored. His first home opener homer came in 2006 against (who else?) the Mets. In nine H.O., he has had multiple hits.
And so, true to form, Number 10 once again had a big day on what would be the final home opener of his career. After walking in his first plate appearance, Chipper came up in the bottom of the third with two on and connected for a three-run homer. Quite similar to his first game this season, against Houston, where he singled before hitting a two-run bomb in his second AB. The man may be closing in on forty, but, dang, he can still swing it!