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Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the Mets looked to their past. Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, 89 and an announcer for the team since their expansion season, read the starting lineup from a podium at the plate.
There was a moment of silence for Carter, who died in February at 57 from a brain tumor. His wife and three children tossed out first pitches and the Mets will sport patches on their sleeves this season to honor him.
"It's an honor to wear his number today," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Umpires remembered their own by wearing patches in tribute to the late Marty Springstead and Harry Wendelstedt.
At Rangers Ballpark, Texas unveiled a life-size bronze statue of the fan who died last year after falling over an outfield railing. It shows 39-year-old firefighter Shannon Stone and his young boy.
Stone had taken 6-year-old son Cooper to the game with hopes of catching a ball. Cooper and Rangers President Nolan Ryan said it depicted the happy times families have at games.
In Cincinnati, the Reds threw their annual parade -- former third baseman Aaron Boone was the grand marshal -- and got started against the Marlins under sunny skies and 60 degrees and brisk winds.
That was quite a turnaround for the Marlins. It was 79 degrees for the first pitch when they lost at home to St. Louis 4-1 on Wednesday night. The team took a postgame flight and arrived at their hotel in Cincinnati at 3 a.m. -- not much time to sleep before the 4 p.m. opener.
"I wish we could have stayed home," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "But they made that special schedule for us to play there."
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