Let's play two! On second thought, let's play 30.
Thursday was supposed to be MLB’s Opening Day but with self-quarantining and social distancing becoming the new norm in this time of great coronavirus-related uncertainty, that’s no longer the case. But don’t fret fellow baseball enthusiasts—as long as you have a smartphone and a working internet connection, you can still get your fill of America’s pastime.
MLB is rolling out the red carpet for Thursday’s Opening Day at Home event, a full lineup of games to be shared across multiple streaming and television platforms including YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, ESPN and MLB Network. We know it’s been a while for the relatively unsuccessful likes of Baltimore and Detroit, but even the most tortured fan-bases will have something to look forward to as Thursday’s marathon will be comprised of an even 30 games—one for each MLB club.
MLB went for the top shelf too, selecting classics like Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS (the night Dave Roberts became a Boston legend) and Luis Gonzalez’s walk-off winner to capture Arizona’s first, and so far only, World Series title. In total, Thursday’s tantalizing slate will feature 12 walk-offs, four no-hitters (that includes two perfect games) and four do-or-die Game 7s. Depending on how many screens are at your disposal, you’ll be able to watch everything from Aaron Boone’s walk-off dagger to eliminate the Red Sox to Jose Bautista’s bat flip heard ‘round the world.
For the early risers, Thursday’s action-packed schedule kicks off with a pair of games at 8:30 AM ET—Brewers/Rockies 2018 NLDS Game 1 on MLB’s YouTube Channel and the 2013 NL Wild Card Game between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati to be aired on MLB’s Spanish language Twitter account (Las Mayores). The late-night crowd can flip on Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter at 9 PM ET, or if you’re a real night-owl, you can burn the midnight oil watching Madison Bumgarner’s postseason heroics against Kansas City in the 2014 World Series (that one gets underway at 10:30 PM ET on MLB’s YouTube page). MLB Network will be cranking out memorable games from past Opening Days (you can see Derek Jeter’s first big-league homer at 1 PM ET) while ESPN2 will be devoting its evening coverage to classic Home Run Derbies including last year’s high-octane slugfest between Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and eventual champion, Pete “Polar Bear” Alonso.
It’s surreal we won’t be experiencing the thrill of a real Opening Day on Thursday, but thankfully for us, the creative minds at MLB have arranged quite the enticing alternative. In appreciation of Thursday’s all-you-can-eat baseball buffet, viewers are encouraged to donate to any of MLB's preferred charities including Feed America, Meals on Wheels and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.