"Opening Day presents not only a new start for me, but a fresh slate for my teammates and the entire Houston Astro organization," Fowler said. "At this moment, the past is the past. It's the next practice, the next swing, the next run that matters. I gifted my new teammates a bottle of Johnnie Walker Double Black to celebrate this moment, the opportunity to define ourselves by where we are headed, not where we stand."
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said it was a classy touch.
"He's been in the game for a few years, and it's a good bottle of Johnnie Walker," Luhnow said. "And I'm sure at some point I'll enjoy it a little bit. This is such an important time as a community and [for] the fans and organization to rally together and hope for a great season, and it starts today."
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.