MLB announces plans for a virtual opening day

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. You can find the entire 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 and (If you missed it, all games from 2018 and 2019 are free on, 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.

As part of its #OpeningDayAtHome efforts, MLB is also giving fans a fund-raising platform. On, the league will be collecting money to donate Feeding America, Meals on Wheels and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

MLB Network has opening day marathon

We’re used to MLB Network going all out on opening day, this year, it’s just doing it with an eye to the past. It is showing five memorable opening day games starting at 1 p.m. ET. The lineup is:

  • 1:00 p.m. ET – New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians, April 2, 1996 – Derek Jeter hits a home run in his first career Opening Day.

  • 4:00 p.m. ET – San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers, April 1, 2013 – Clayton Kershaw pitches a shutout and hits a home run for the Dodgers.

  • 6:00 p.m. ET – San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks, April 2, 2017 – Madison Bumgarner duels against Zach Greinke.

  • 9:00 p.m. ET – San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies, April 4, 2005 – Teams score a combined 22 runs in a back-and-forth game.

  • Midnight – New York Mets at Chicago Cubs – April 4, 1994 – Tuffy Rhodes hits three home runs for the Cubs.

The full schedule of events. (Image via MLB)
The full schedule of events. (Image via MLB)

Other opening day options for fans

There are other ways to get a baseball fix on what would have been opening day, including:

• FS1 is showing a pair of classic World Series games. At 7 p.m. ET, it’s showing Game 7 of the 2016 World Series between the Cubs and Indians from 2016. At 10 p.m. ET, it’s showing the 2001 Game 7 comeback by the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Yankees.

• ESPN is showing eight hours of old Home Run Derbys starting at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN 2. This includes the 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Derbys. So if you’re just looking for dingers, this is the opening day party for you.

• MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM will talk opening day starting at 7 a.m. with a number of guests and then at 1 p.m ET will play five classic opening day games, as voted on in a fan poll.

MLB has announced plans for "Opening Day at Home" for what would have been opening day. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
MLB has announced plans for "Opening Day at Home" for what would have been opening day. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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