The history of Diamondbacks home openers

Bransen Miller
Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks
Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks / Christian Petersen/GettyImages

Diamondbacks overall home opener record: 14-11

The very first home-opening win came in 1999.  The Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers 12-6.  First basemen Travis Lee tallied 5 RBIs and second basemen Jay Bell tallied 3.  Relief pitcher Darren Holmes finished off the 9th with 2 strikeouts as Arizona gave the fans a glimpse of what to expect for the next couple of years; a winning team…

The first home game of the season has been kind to the Diamondbacks over the years.  The Diamondbacks are 4-2 in their last 6 home openers and 10-5 in their last 15 home openers.  This season they face the tall task of opening their home games against the juggernaut LA Dodgers, who a season ago, won 54 road games…

Last season was a home opener D-backs fans will not soon forget.  Allow me to paint the scene.  Arizona was virtually losing the entire game; They had not scored a single run through 8 innings as Padres starter Yu Darvish was in his bag.  Joe Mantiply came in relief in the top of the 9th and allowed only a walk, retiring the other 3 batters he faced.  The game was 2-0, Padres.  The bottom of the 9th rolled around, and things got dramatic.  Christian Walker steps in the box, draws a walk, Pavin Smith steps in the box, draws a walk, Carson Kelly steps in the box, gets hit by a pitch.  Bases are now loaded, with nobody out.  A wild pitch scores Walker, 2-1 ballgame.  There are now runners at 2nd and 3rd, and still nobody out.  The batter Seth Beer now has one thing in mind; walkoff.  On the very next pitch, after the passed ball, Beer crushes a home run to deep right field; game over.  Arizona wins 4-2 on an unforgettable home opener ending…