On Monday, Hazelbaker was the guy the media couldn't wait to interview after wowing the second-largest crowd in Busch Stadium III history.
Jeremy Hazelbaker was 4 for 4 with a triple, double and sacrifice fly, lifting his average to.526, and fellow rookie Almedys Diaz had two doubles and raised his average to.533.
"It was definitely a good day, a good one for my parents to see", said Hazelbaker, who signed as a minor league free agent last season after being released by the Dodgers. He has earned a spot in St. Louis' everyday lineup. "A lot of 0-1, 0-2 counts - I just wasn't putting them away". Grichuk had a good spring training and is being counted on heavily this season after hitting 17 homers in 103 games past year.
Hazelbaker's performance has some wondering if he is legit or the star of a small sample size, but manager Mike Matheny sounded like a believer when asked about him.
"We can't wait. It's been a couple of months for a lot of us", Matheny said. "I like watching him play". This was no doubt a bounce-back start for Wacha, as in his debut, he only lasted 4 1/3 innings, surrendering five runs over ten hits.
The previous record high for hits in a home opener occurred on April 5th, 1974, when the Cards got 18 hits against Pittsburgh.
Hazelbaker tripled with one out in the bottom of the first, then the first baseman Matt Holliday doubled in a run, and one out later, Randal Grichuk doubled in Holliday.
The right-hander is 0-1 with an 11.57 ERA after two starts. "The more you (hit), the better you feel about yourself".
Yadier Molina had three hits, two RBIs, and an uncontested steal off starter Taylor Jungmann (0-1) in second.
"Our patience at the plate, at least the quality of our at-bats, I'm really pleased with that", manager Craig Counsell said.
After a lackluster showing en route to getting swept to begin the season, the St. Louis Cardinals' offense had no problem scoring runs at a dizzying rate over the weekend.
Chris Davis drove in five between his two hits, including a three-run homer with 2 outs in the 9th to lead the Orioles to a 9-7 win in Boston.
Not to be overshadowed was righthander Michael Wacha (1-0), who was nothing short of brilliant in six innings of work, allowing just four hits, striking out seven and walking only one hitter. "We've got to put this one behind us and look ahead to (Wednesday) night".