MLB Opening Day 2018 is highlighted by righteous dingers and epic moonshots

Lots of history was made on a barrage of Opening Day home runs. Here are a bunch of them.

Welcome back to "Baseball," starring dingers.

Opening Day 2018 featured a theme as akin to 2017's prevailing storyline: home runs, dingers, taters, longballs, slamma lamma ding dongs. Unlike a home run in the middle of Rays vs. Tigers in June, these homers had meaning. (Sorry, Rays and Tigers fans.)

So here are a few of today's righteous dingers and epic moonshots in an Opening Day that was full of more explosions than a Michael Bay movie with an unlimited budget.

(Shout out to MLBBarrelAlert for all the stats.)

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Giancarlo Stanton (1)

Opponent: Blue Jays
Distance: 426 feet
Exit velocity: 117 mph

The most noteworthy stat coming out of this line-drive dinger is the exit velocity: it's the hardest hit opposite field home run ever tracked by Statcast, if you're into that sort of thing.

If you're not, it's simple: laser shot.

Giancarlo Stanton (2)

Opponent: Blue Jays
Distance: 434 feet
Exit velocity: 109.4 mph

Not to be outdone by…himself, Stanton made sure to let the folks in Toronto know that the first was no fluke. Where the first one lacked in height, this one didn't. This was an absolute bomb.

Adam Jones

Opponent: Twins
Distance: 392 feet
Exit velocity: 107.2 mph

George Springer

Opponent: Rangers
Distance: 364 feet
Exit velocity: 104.6 mph

What better way to start the season for the World Series MVP than with a #SPRINGERDINGER? Maybe a #SPRINGERDINGER vs. their Texas rival. I know this guy is probably happy about it.

Springer is the first player in baseball history to lead off back-to-back seasons with a home run, via the tweet below.

Matt Davidson (3)

Opponent: White Sox
Distance: 1,237 feet, combined
Exit velocities: 114 mph, 115.1 mph, 113.9 mph

Davidson became the fourth player in MLB history to knock three taters on Opening Day, and he did it in a big way.

Never before — in the Statcast Era — has a player notched three 110-plus mph home runs. Impressive showing en route to a White Sox rout of the Royals.

Ian Happ

Opponent: Marlins
Distance: 392 feet
Exit velocity: 107 mph

Shout out to Ian Happ for not making us wait, like at all, for our very first home run of the major-league season.

Happ took the first pitch he saw and deposited it into the Marlins Park seats

Eduardo Nunez

Opponent: Rays
Distance: Uh…
Exit velocity: Not great?

Much like baseball players, home runs call in all shapes and sizes. Nunez proved that today.

He didn't smash the ball, but he did end up touching 'em all — and losing his helmet in the process, in true Nunezian style.

Nick Markakis

Opponent: Phillies
Distance: 427 feet
Exit velocity: 103.3 mph

Nick Markakis, good job.

Today's three-run walk-off job was the first walk-off home run of Markakis' career. He only hit eight into the seats last season, so this is a pretty good start for the 34-year-old in 2018.

Yadier Molina

Opponent: Mets
Distance: 371 feet
Exit velocity: 99 mph

Yadi ties Albert Pujols' franchise record for most Opening Day home runs at four, and he did it in his 14th consecutive Opening Day start. That's quite the number for the veteran catcher.

Not only did he hit one, but it came on a 97 mph Noah Syndergaard fastball, and it just tagged the left field foul pole.