While we cannot have the official Opening Day to the 2020 Dodgers season for a couple more months, Major League Baseball is helping us get through these tough times by broadcasting a classic Dodgers game for our enjoyment.
Today was supposed to be special. Los Angeles Dodgers fans were meant to be treated to the first game of the 2020 MLB season today, with a match-up against the arch-rival San Francisco Giants to kick things off. It was going to be special for a number of reasons, including another Opening Day start for Clayton Kershaw, the first official at-bat for Mookie Betts in a Dodgers uniform, and the 2020 debut of the 2019 National League MVP, Cody Bellinger.
Alas, it was not meant to be.
As we all know by now, the 2020 MLB season has been indefinitely delayed as the world deals with the Coronavirus pandemic clouding everything with uncertainty. However, all is not lost.
Major League Baseball is set to ease our suffering by running a programming special called Opening Day at Home. Throughout the day today, MLB.com and it’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube) will make 30 games available, marking memorable games from each club’s past. These are all available free to fans and are meant to make sure that baseball hasn’t forgotten us.
Oh, and they picked a doozy for the Dodgers too.
To help commemorate Opening Day at Home for Dodgers fans, MLB is dialing things back to June 18, 2014. This game is memorable for Clayton Kershaw’s first career no-hitter. Following Josh Beckett‘s no-hitter by 24 days (May 25, 2014), this marks the shortest interval between no-hitters in club history. Kershaw’s no-hitter was also the only one in MLB history to feature 15 or more strikeouts, but zero walks (the lone baserunner for the Rockies reached on a Hanley Ramirez error in the top of the 7th).
Okay, we’re not going to spoil it all for you right now. The game will be broadcast 6 pm Pacific (9 pm Eastern) and we encourage all Dodgers fans to get their baseball fix in by reliving this gem of a game.
So bring the family to the virtual ballpark (couch), grab your popcorn and Cracker Jacks, and pretend like you’re there in the moment.
And for the sake of posterity, no one talk about the no-no until it is officially in the books!