Trading a franchise face isn’t easy, or fun

Longoria---shown here running it off with the bomb that sent the Rays to the 2011 postseason---goes to the Giants with the Rays rebuilding . . .

Longoria—shown here running it off with the bomb that sent the Rays to the 2011 postseason—goes to the Giants with the Rays rebuilding . . .

When franchise faces change franchises, it’s jarring no matter what the circumstances that prompt the changes. Even if you have lots of advance knowledge that it’s going to happen. Even if the worst kept secret in baseball is that one of them is going to change addresses.

The latter applied to Giancarlo Stanton for, oh, about the entire season before he was dealt to the Yankees. Even before the group featuring former Yankee franchise face Derek Jeter bought the Marlins, it seemed a question of where, not whether Stanton would go.

Opening Day: Longoria, Archer pin the Baby Bombers

2017's first home run launches off Evan Longoria's bat . . .

2017′s first home run launches off Evan Longoria’s bat . . .

Opening Day in all fairness isn’t the complete, final measure of the season to come. The Yankees are probably thanking the spirits of Yankees past for that after the beat down Evan Longoria the Rays inflicted upon them Sunday afternoon.

But they’re probably also saying thanks to whomever aligned their bullpen to open. The pen showed the moxie the lineup lacked after the Rays piled up what proved the 7-3 final. Shame they couldn’t stop Longoria from hitting the season’s first bomb.

Season on!

Take that, Donaldus Minimus!!

Take that, Donaldus Minimus!!

Let history record that the first run batted in of the 2016 season was delivered by a pitcher. At the plate. A pitcher who’d had only three runs batted in in his entire career (nine seasons) prior to last year, when he drove in seven. And his name wasn’t Madison Bumgarner.

Let history record further that Clayton Kershaw was the beneficiary of the worst Opening Day blowout in major leaguer history a day later. And, that Bryce Harper rocked the best postgame cap around the circuits. So far.

Another New Home, One Hesitation, and More Behind the Greinke Deal . . .

Marco Scutaro has a new home—third base at AT&T Park, San Francisco: the Giants picked him up in a deal for minor league second baseman Charlie Culberson, most likely planning to put Scutaro at third with Pablo Sandoval likely headed for the disabled list. Scutaro does give the Giants a little more depth since he can play practically around the horn in the infield.

Showtime, Showdown

What a difference one week makes.

That was last week: Evan Longoria put paid to to the Tampa Bay Rays’s stupefying resurrection, with the walkoff bomb that put paid to the Boston Red Sox’s more stupefying collapse, a collapse one half game ahead of the Atlanta Braves’ near-equally-stupefying collapse, he did it within three minutes of the Red Sox losing the game they most needed to win just to force a win-or-be-gone wild card tiebreaker.

The 129 Minutes Heard 'Round the World

I could say that there are no words, but then I wouldn’t be a writer. I could say that I didn’t know what to think or say when Evan Longoria tore Scott Proctor’s 2-2 service over the fence for game, wild card, and what remained of the Boston Red Sox’s hearts; when badly-spent rookie Atlanta relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel heaved up the tying run in the ninth and Hunter Pence ripped a two-out RBI single in the thirteenth. But then I wouldn’t be a baseball fan.