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The Blue Jays' Brody Rose, also a member of the Sarasota Youth Orchestra, plays the Star Spangled Banner.

Grand slam opening day

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

The Blue Jays' Brody Rose, also a member of the Sarasota Youth Orchestra, plays the Star Spangled Banner.

The Royals' Jacob Guarino chugs toward home plate on opening day.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

The Royals' Jacob Guarino chugs toward home plate on opening day.

Assistant coach Mike Kennedy gives Nolan Lane some love after Lane reached first base for the Royals.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

Assistant coach Mike Kennedy gives Nolan Lane some love after Lane reached first base for the Royals.

Nolan Lane of the Royals runs toward first after connecting.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

Nolan Lane of the Royals runs toward first after connecting.

The Mariners' Logan Yates puts the tag on the Royals' Andrew Lazaris as they land in a heap at first.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

The Mariners' Logan Yates puts the tag on the Royals' Andrew Lazaris as they land in a heap at first.

Andrew Lazaris of the Royals closes his eyes and lets it rip.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

Andrew Lazaris of the Royals closes his eyes and lets it rip.

The Mariners' Christopher Mitchell obviously is happy it' s opening day.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

The Mariners' Christopher Mitchell obviously is happy it' s opening day.

Levi Clough steps into a practice toss.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

Levi Clough of the Royals steps into a practice toss.

Logan Yates, Ethan Banks and Connor Alfano have fun passing time while waiting for their chance to hit.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

Logan Yates, Ethan Banks and Connor Alfano of the Mariners have fun passing time while waiting for their chance to hit.

The Royals prove playing baseball isn' t all serious business.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

The Royals prove playing baseball isn' t all serious business.

The Mets were lined up for opening day.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

The Mets were lined up for opening day.

Opening day was full of photo opportunities.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

Opening day was full of photo opportunities.

The teams lined up for the National Anthem.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

The teams lined up for the National Anthem.

Dodgers Kayden West and Ethan Eddy along with Girl Scouts Addison Hurt and Hailey Lopez-Lanuza present the colors on opening day.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

Dodgers Kayden West and Ethan Eddy along with Girl Scouts Addison Hurt and Hailey Lopez-Lanuza present the colors on opening day.

The Rays' Taryn Eddy of the Minors division had the honor of catching the opening pitch thrown by Manatee Food Bank' s Tony DeFilippo.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

The Rays' Taryn Eddy of the Minors division had the honor of catching the opening pitch thrown by Manatee Food Bank' s Tony DeFilippo.

The Coach-Pitch and T-Ball divisions were first up on opening day.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

The Coach Pitch and T-Ball divisions were first up on opening day.

Dodger Kayden West, Blue Jay Tryston Hurt and Pirates Nicholas Marrero, Michael Price, Austin Murkerson and Michael Kasper show how the opener help collect donations for the Food Bank of Manatee.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

Dodger Kayden West, Blue Jay Tryston Hurt and Pirates Nicholas Marrero, Michael Price, Austin Murkerson and Michael Kasper show how the opener helps collect donations for the Food Bank of Manatee.

Cole Hay of the Rays' T-Ball team warms up for the opener.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

Cole Hay of the Rays' T-Ball team warms up for the opener.

The Mariners go through warm-ups before the opener.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

The Mariners go through warm-ups before the opener.

League President Steve Marrero welcomes the crowd to opening day.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

League President Steve Marrero welcomes the crowd to opening day.

After months of inactivity, it was time for baseball in Heritage Harbour.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

After months of inactivity, it was time for baseball in Heritage Harbour.

The Venice Symphony' s Karissa Ratzenboeck, Sarasota Youth Opera' s Leeson Fallon and Sarasota Youth Orchestra' s Brody Rose play the Star Spangled Banner.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

The Venice Symphony' s Karissa Ratzenboeck, Sarasota Youth Opera' s Leeson Fallon and Sarasota Youth Orchestra' s Brody Rose play the Star Spangled Banner.

The Mariners' Logan Yates gets ready for the pitch.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

The Mariners' Logan Yates gets ready for the pitch to home plate.

Holden Gaulter of the Royals concentrates on a pitch on opening day.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

Holden Gaulter of the Royals concentrates on a pitch on opening day.

Royals coach Jason Lazaris gets ready to deliver to home plate in the Coach Pitch division.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

Royals coach Jason Lazaris gets ready to deliver to home plate in the Coach Pitch division.

Isaiah Perry of the Royals heads to first base after hitting the ball.

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 |

Isaiah Perry of the Royals heads to first base after hitting the ball.

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