Toronto Blue Jays off to a Good Start, Make Opening Day History

Bill FordCorrespondent IIIApril 6, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 5:  Starting pitcher Ricky Romero #24 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians on opening day game at Progressive Field on April 5, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The Toronto Blue Jays made history with the Cleveland Indians yesterday by playing the longest game on Opening Day in major league history.

Heading into the ninth inning, the Blue Jays were down 4-1. Indians closer Chris Perez gave up three runs in the ninth, sending the game into extra innings.

In the 16th inning, J.P. Arencibia hit a home run, leading the Blue Jays to the win.

Both teams went back and forth during extra innings with rallies, but neither was able to take advantage of men on base until Arencibia's home run in the 16th.

As the game went on, the temperature got colder and damper. Toronto manager John Farrell said, "We're dealing with guys who were cramping up during the game, even though it's not hot and sweaty. It's still cold. They've been on their feet for five straight hours. It's a testament to their will."

This is the fourth straight Opening Day game that the Cleveland Indians have lost. The Toronto Blue Jays have won six out of their last eight Opening Day games.

The Blue Jays showed tremendous strength and determination in the first game of the 2012 season. Everyone was exhausted and cold, but they fought and battled on refusing to give up.

Although this is only one game, it is a good sign of the season ahead of Toronto. Farrell joked saying, "If tonight is any kind of insight into this season, strap in. We're in for a long ride."

Toronto played their first game as if it meant making it to the postseason. This is a freshly-energized team that played with its heart.

Blue Jays fans are in for a great season.