While we all wish we were watching live baseball today, the circumstances of the world just don't allow that. But MLB has stepped in to make sure we're not completely stranded without our national pastime.
The league announced yesterday that it would be hosting Opening Day at Home. The all-day event features 30 MLB games broadcasted across a number of platforms, including ESPN2, FS1 and MLB Network.
The games on tap include previous Opening Day games, all-time great postseason games and classic regular season games. With so many contests to choose from and multiple platforms on which to watch, we're here to help you make the most of your day.
8:30 a.m. ET - Brewers 2018 NLDS Game 1; MLB Youtube
Wake up and start your day with the first game of the 2018 NLDS between the Brewers and Rockies. Christian Yelich just finished up his MVP season and led the Brewers into the playoffs for the first time since 2011. They faced the Rockies, who were led by another stellar year from Nolan Arenado.
The series, ultimately won by the Brewers, started off with an exciting 10-inning walk-off performance, with the final hit coming from Mike Moustakas to seal the 3-2 victory.
11 a.m. ET - Cardinals 2011 World Series Game 6; MLB Facebook
Another exciting walk-off postseason contest, this one features Cardinals legend David Freese. Trailing 7-5 going into the bottom of the ninth, St. Louis tied it up to send the game to extra innings.
Each team plated two runs in the 10th inning, forcing an 11th. Leading off in the bottom of the inning, Freese worked his way to a 3-2 count before launching the next pitch over the centerfield way, sending the World Series to Game 7, where the Cardinals would win their 11th championship title.
12 p.m. ET - Mike Trout's 5-for-5 game in 2018; MLB Youtube
Here's where you'll have to start multitasking. You might have to have two tabs open at the same time, or if you're able to cast one of your tabs to your TV, do that. Whatever you've gotta do to watch two games at once.
And who would want to pass up a chance to watch Mike Trout's greatest performance of his career. The three-time MVP went 5-for-5 (for the second time that season) with two home runs and five RBIs at home in Angel Stadium against the White Sox.
3:05 p.m. ET - Braves 2018 NLDS Game 3; Las Mayores Twitter
This one is the only Braves game on the schedule for tomorrow, so you can be I'll be watching it. In a series that the Braves ultimately lost 3-1 to the Dodgers, this game was the highlight of the week.
Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuña, Jr. hit a grand slam in the second inning, becoming the youngest player in postseason history to hit a grand slam. The Braves were up early, but the Dodgers came back to tie it. Freddie Freeman played hero when he homered in the sixth inning to give the Braves the only other run they would need as they won the game 6-5.
6 p.m. ET - Red Sox 2004 ALCS Game 4; MLB Facebook
Six o'clock rolls around and the Braves game is wrapping up. There's still an hour before the World Series Game 7s come on FS1. What will you do to pass the time until then?
Head over to MLB Facebook and watch Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS of course. Down 3-0 and facing elimination against their rival New York Yankees, the Red Sox won a 12-inning battle to keep the series alive. They eventually won the series 4-3 and went on to win their first World Series in 86 years, breaking the long-held Curse of the Bambino.
Side note: the ESPN 30 for 30 Four Days in October is a great watch about this series.
7 p.m. ET - 2016 World Series Game 7; FS1
What's not to love about this game? Each team looking to end a long championship drought. The rain delay in the ninth inning. A Game 7 going into extra innings. The Cubs finally winning a championship after 108 dreadful years.
This game will always be considered one of the best in World Series history, and rightfully so. Make sure you're tuning in during primetime tonight.
9 p.m. ET - Clayton Kershaw 2014 No-hitter; MLB Twitter
Because who doesn't want to watch the greatest pitcher of our generation throw a no-hitter?
10 p.m. ET - 2001 World Series Game 7; FS1
Before Curt Schilling became a postseason hero with the Red Sox, he won a World Series with the Diamondbacks in 2001. But it's Randy Johnson who got the start in this game. Facing Yankees' ace Roger Clemens, Johnson took the mound looking to give Arizona its first championship.
With a final score of just 3-2, a late-game comeback is what makes this game so memorable. Make sure to end your night with this all-time matchup.
This is, I believe, the best way to spend tomorrow and get the most out of the games being broadcast. But no matter how you choose to watch, it's sure to be a day well spent.
Other games throughout the day worth watching, if you can fit them in:
- 9 a.m. ET - Indians 22nd straight win in 2017; Las Mayores Facebook
- 3:30 p.m. ET - Felix Hernandez perfect game in 2012; Las Mayores Facebook
- 4 p.m. ET - Mark Buehrle perfect game in 2009; Cut4 Twitter
- 6 p.m. ET - A's 20th straight win in 2002; Cut4 Twitter
-6 p.m. ET - Classic Home Run Derby match ups; ESPN2
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.