Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post, who Jeff Aberle and I chatted briefly with at Jonah Keri's book signing yesterday, has a nice narrative piece on the charms of opening day at Coors Field.
Current Rockies beat writer (and thanks for all the years) Troy Renck wrote a beautiful piece on Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy choosing to be at the birth of his child. Make sure to check the footnotes for some nice tidbits about Carlos Gonzalez's mother and whether or not the Dodgers favoring Yasiel Puig over Nick Punto and Skip Shumaker left a clubhouse void.
Around the league:
If you get as frustrated with umpires you either really do or don't want to read this post over at Fangraphs detailing how minor league umpires are often prospects as well.
A little off the track, Frank Jackson at the Hardball Times has a thoroughly entertaining story on the intertwined history of baseball and beer.
Sam Miller at Baseball Prospectus breaks down the single best pitches thrown during opening week. Jose Fernandez comes in at third with a change-up he threw to our own Charlie Blackmon!