Next up on the list on my picture series from last season is Opening Day when I ventured down to my hometown ballpark to watch the Pirates battle the Dodgers on April 5, 2010.

Duke vs. Manny - Opening Day 2010

As you can see from the picture, I was able to capture the ball in-flight for a marquee matchup between Pirates starter Zach Duke versus Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez. Duke was effective enough through five innings of work to pick up the victory in a Pirates 11-5 blowout.

Garrett Jones blasted two home runs, leading me to proclaim that he was on pace to hit 324 bombs for the year. Obviously, he fell well short of that mark and ended up with a total of 21 big flys on the year. As for Duke, it was his last Opening Day as a member of the Pirates after being dealt to Arizona in November. Manny only played part of the season with Los Angeles after he was signed off waivers by the White Sox in August.

But for one golden afternoon, the Pirates had it all. Home runs, effective pitching, a blowout victory, as perfect weather that you could ask for in April in Western Pennsylvania and I ran into Franco Harris on the concourse after the game. All in all, it was a spectacular day.

I remember listening to the Buccos faithful on the radio during the drive home and them stating that this year would be different and the losing would finally end.

Ah, you have to love Opening Day.