On the one hand, it is hard to believe that it has been five years since the 2008 team started its miraculous run. But on the other hand, it is even more difficult to believe that Elliot Johnson was the last player remaining from that season’s opening day roster.
Below is a look at the opening day rosters since 2008. Players in grey are still with the club.
There is a slight catch. Ben Zobrist started the 2008 season on the DL. And Evan Longoria was called up just a couple of weeks later. But if we are looking at opening day rosters, we lost a number of connections to that team this off-season, including Carlos Pena, BJ Upton, James Shields, JP Howell, and now Elliot Johnson.
In fact, we have seen so much turnover in the last three seasons, that there are only five players remaining from the 2010 club…