MLB offering full slate of replayed games on what was supposed to be Opening Day
Today was supposed to be Opening Day of the 2020 MLB season, but even though it's been delayed indefinitely by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, baseball fans can still get their fill of action on Thursday, March 26. MLB is presenting "Opening Day at Home," a full slate of classic regular-season and postseason games across various platforms. Additionally, MLB Network, ESPN2, and FS1 also will get in on the act throughout Thursday.
So if you're wondering, "What baseball games are on today?" know this: MLB.com, MLB Network, ESPN2, FS1, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media channels have plenty to offer on Thursday, March 26.
Opening Day at Home
MLB's virtual event will feature a classic game (i.e, a win) for all 30 MLB teams. These games will be streamed throughout Thursday on MLB.com as well as through one of MLB's social channels on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. The games start at 8:30 a.m. ET and extend through the night. Every game also will be available via an alternate platform. You can find the entire schedule here.
Besides giving fans something to watch, "Opening Day at Home," also is intended to raise awareness and support for MLB's official charity, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, as well as Feeding America and Meals on Wheels. All of these organizations and many others are directly involved in pandemic relief efforts and fans will be able to contribute to these causes at MLB.com/give.
In recognition of what would have been Opening Day, MLB Network is airing five memorable season-opening games, starting at 1 p.m. ET:
- 1 p.m. ET: New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians (April 2, 1996) — Derek Jeter's first career Opening Day.
- 4 p.m. ET: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers (April 1, 2013) — Clayton Kershaw does it with his arm and bat.
- 6 p.m. ET: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks (April 4, 2005) — Madison Bumgarner vs. Zack Greinke.
- 9 p.m. ET: San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies (April 4, 2005) — Back-and-forth affair in the thin Mile High City air produces plenty of runs.
- Midnight ET: New York Mets at Chicago Cubs — Tuffy Rhodes goes deep not once, not twice, but three times against Dwight Gooden.
On Thursday night, ESPN2 will air four classic Home Run Derby contests starting at 6 p.m. ET. The highlight of the festivities leading into the All-Star Game every year, fans can re-watch the 2015, '17, '18, and '19 Derbys to see Aaron Judge, Bryce Harper, and Pete Alonso, among others, hit plenty of balls out of the park.
For those who want to relive some Fall Classic memories, FS1 is replaying two unforgettable Game 7s on Thursday night. First up is Game 7 of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians (7 p.m. ET). It's followed by Game 7 of the 2001 World Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees (10 p.m. ET). So if you're into curse-busting, giant-slaying, or thrilling postseason baseball, FS1 is the channel for you.