Thursday is Virtual Opening Day for MLB
The 2020 Major League Baseball season is delayed indefinitely, but that won’t stop baseball fans from getting one of their favorite days of the year. Opening day will go on, just with a virtual twist — and get this, your favorite team is guaranteed to win.
Major League Baseball announced Wednesday plans for what it’s called “Opening Day at Home,” a cross-platform day of baseball streaming that will bring fans at least a bit of that opening day energy.
It will happen Thursday, on what would have been opening day across baseball. The virtual event will feature a classic game for all 30 teams, a game they win. The schedule includes classic postseason games, no-hitters and walk-offs.
All games will be streamed on MLB.com, as well as through one of MLB’s social media channels, on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube; the Cardinals game will be the 2011 WS Game 6 and will air at 11 AM ET on mlb.com and Facebook. View the full schedule here
If you were to watch all the games, you’d see Justin Verlander throw two no-hitters, Mark Buehrle throw a perfect game, the 2002 A’s win their 20th straight game, the Red Sox pull off a classic comeback against the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS, plus the Cubs, Nationals, Diamondbacks and Giants winning World Series.
The games will be available for streaming across a handful of MLB’s social and digital platforms, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter plus MLB.com and MLB.tv. (If you missed it, all games from 2018 and 2019 are free on MLB.tv, if you want to go off-script and have your own opening day with a different game). If you want to keep it super simple, you can also find each game streaming on the website of its respective team.
- 8:30 a.m. ET: Brewers (Crew spoils Rocktober)
8:30 a.m. ET: Pirates (Triumphant return to October)
9 a.m. ET: Phillies (Harper’s heroics)
9 a.m. ET: Tigers (JV twirls first no-no)
9 a.m. ET: Indians (22 in a row)
11 a.m. ET: Rays (Game 162, for all the marbles)
11 a.m. ET: Cardinals (The David Freese Game)
11:15 a.m. ET: Twins (Tiebreaker yields division crown)
12 p.m. ET: Angels (Trout takes the Big Apple)
12 p.m. ET: Astros (JV notches no-no No. 3)
12:15 p.m. ET: Blue Jays (Joey Bats’ epic flip)
1 p.m. ET: Reds (Starting it off right)
2:50 p.m. ET: Yankees (Boone walks it off)
3 p.m. ET: Nationals (A Game 7 thriller)
3 p.m. ET: Rockies (Nolan cycles on Father’s Day)
3:05 p.m. ET: Braves (Acuña slams Dodgers)
3:30 p.m. ET: Mariners (The King is perfect)
4 p.m. ET: Orioles (A dramatic comeback)
4 p.m. ET: White Sox (Perfection for Buehrle)
6 p.m. ET: Red Sox (The Game 4 miracle)
6 p.m. ET: Mets (Win or go home)
6 p.m. ET: Marlins (Beckett slams the door)
6 p.m. ET: Athletics (The streak goes to 20)
6:05 p.m. ET: Cubs (The drought is over)
6:05 p.m. ET: Royals (Crown them)
9 p.m. ET: Dodgers (Kershaw no-hits Rox)
9 p.m. ET: Rangers (Texas wins the pennant)
9:30 p.m. ET: Padres (Down 6? Watch this!)
10 p.m. ET: D-backs (Gonzalez walks off Mo)
10:30 p.m. ET: Giants (MadBum adds to his legend)