Not since Heath Bell's slide during last year's All-Star Game have we seen an entrance quite like this.
Bill Murray didn't just take a home run trot before his ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field today -- he gave it the full inside-the-parker sprint. And then tossed a nasty back-foot slider to Kerry Wood.
According to Carrie Muskat, Murray autographed the ball he used for the ceremonial first pitch and flipped it to Ryan Dempster for the game. Apparently, Dempster didn’t know it had been signed, “Good luck, Ryan.” The Nationals’ Ian Desmond singled off the first pitch from Dempster and wanted the ball as a souvenir from Opening Day. It wasn’t until he got back to the dugout and saw the ball and the autograph that he realized what he had.