Memorable Opening Days from Dodgers seasons past

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Veteran left-hander Jerry Reuss was supposed to be the Dodgers’ Opening Day starter in 1981, but he was injured and Manager Tommy Lasorda chose rookie Fernando Valenzuela as his replacement. Good choice. In his first big-league start, Valenzuela shut out the Houston Astros, going the distance in a 2-0 victory – the first win in an 8-0, 0.50 ERA start. Fernandomania was born.April 4, 1988Steve Sax led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run off Dave Dravecky. But the Dodgers lost 5-1 to the Giants on Opening Day 1988. They were saving the magic for October.April 1, 2013This was the third of Clayton Kershaw’s franchise-record eight (so far) Opening Day starts – and maybe his best. Kershaw and Giants ace Matt Cain dueled through seven shutout innings. In the bottom of the eighth, Kershaw broke the scoreless tie himself with a leadoff home run off Giants reliever George Kontos. The Dodgers went on to score three more times in the inning. In 12 big-league seasons, that is still Kershaw’s only home run. (This game will be rebroadcast on MLB Network on Thursday at 1 p.m.)March 22, 2014Baseball took its game “Down Under” with the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks opening the season at the Sydney Cricket Grounds in Australia – the oldest stadium ever to host a major-league game and the first in the Southern Hemisphere to host a regular-season game. Kershaw went six innings in the 3-1 win. It was six weeks before he pitched in another major-league game due to a strained muscle in the back of his left shoulder, likely brought on by the unusually early start to the season. When he returned, though, Kershaw had the best season of his career, going 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA and claiming the rare double of an MVP and Cy Young award in the same season.The Dodgers’ Kike’ Hernandez is congratulated by teammate Justin Turner after hitting a home run during the seventh inning of their 12-5 Opening Day rout of the Arizona Diamondbacks last season at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)March 28, 2019The Dodgers announced their presence with authority last season, hitting eight home runs in their 12-5 victory over the Diamondbacks – a major-league record for a season-opening game and tying the franchise record for home runs in any game. Joc Pederson and Kiké Hernandez each hit two home runs. Austin Barnes, Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager and Max Muncy each went deep once. It was a fitting start to the season for the Dodgers – they went on to lead the National League with 279 home runs.Related Articles In this April 15, 1958, file photo, the San Francisco Giants play the Los Angeles Dodgers during the opening game of the first Giants game at Seals Stadium in San Francisco. (AP Photo/File)April 15, 1958Major League Baseball came to the West Coast when the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants exchanged their New York homes for new addresses in California. The first game was played at Seals Stadium in San Francisco with the Giants white-washing their ancient rivals, 8-0. Giants sluggers Daryl Spencer and Orlando Cepeda hit the first MLB home runs in California off Dodgers starter Don Drysdale.April 10, 1962A crowd of 52,564 fans filled brand new Dodger Stadium for the first game in the Dodgers’ new home. Wally Post broke a 2-2 tie with a three-run home run off Johnny Podres in the seventh inning and sent the defending National League champion Cincinnati Reds on to a 6-3 victory over the Dodgers, spoiling the stadium’s debut. Undergoing a $100 million renovation this winter, Dodger Stadium is now the third-oldest stadium in MLB (behind Fenway Park and Wrigley Field).A helicopter hovers over Dodger Stadium on opening day of the baseball season as the Los Angeles Dodgers play their first game at the new 56,000-seat stadium in Chavez Ravine near Los Angeles, Ca., April 10, 1962. The Dodgers lost to the Cincinnati Reds 6-3. (AP Photo)April 9, 1981 Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire It is baseball’s annual new year celebration.Opening Day is a national holiday for baseball fans, signaling the start of a new season with all its hope and promise. Thursday was supposed to be that day in 2020. With that on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, here are some memorable moments from past Opening Days in Dodgers history:April 15, 1947On their way to a National League pennant, the Brooklyn Dodgers started the 1947 season with a 5-3 victory over the Boston Braves. Down 3-2 after six innings, the Dodgers scored three times in the seventh to claim the come-from-behind victory at Ebbets Field. The score was inconsequential, however. Baseball was forever changed by the Dodgers’ starting first baseman that day – Jackie Robinson.last_img read more

Barcelona join battle to appoint Poch as Europe’s top clubs chase axed Spurs boss

first_imgBARCELONA and Bayern Munich are ready to pounce for Mauricio Pochettino.The Argentine is going back to his house in Spain after the shock Spurs sacking on Tuesday.2 Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by Spurs after five years in charge but is wanted by BarcelonaCredit: AFP or licensorsPoch is in the unusual position of having Europe’s top clubs forming a queue for him, despite losing his job after a poor start to the season.Ernesto Valverde is under pressure at Barca and they will look to the ex-Espanyol manager should the LaLiga giants wield the axe.Bayern Munich have Hansi Flick, sacked boss Niko  Kovac’s former No 2, as their interim coach and want to talk to Poch, 47.But it is Barca who are making the biggest move.In 2017, Poch said he could not see himself managing them despite being seen with long-term friend and Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu.He said: “Before being a manager, being loyal is more important. I am an Espanyol fan. It would be impossible for me to manage Arsenal.” Manchester United and Real Madrid hope Poch does not jump back into a job as they may be interested in him at the end of the season.While Arsenal legend Martin Keown has called on his old club to “consider Pochettino” as a replacement for under-fire Unai Emery.Pochettino – who guided Tottenham into the Premier League’s top four in three of the last four seasons and reached last year’s Champions League final – was replaced by Jose Mourinho on Wednesday.2 Man Utd are favourites to snatch up Pochettino after his Spurs sacking Tottenham fans give their thoughts on Pochettino’s sackinglast_img read more