MLB Will Broadcast 2016 WS Game 7 as Part of ‘Opening Day at Home’ Event

Thursday should have been Opening Day, but there will be no games played as a result of the coronavirus shutdown. You’ll still be able to watch some classics, though, as MLB is presenting “Opening Day at Home” in an attempt to fill the void. The goal is to create a “full slate of 30 games broadcast nationally across various platforms, including digital streaming and social media, creating a full-day event on what would have been Opening Day.”

There will be one game for all 30 teams, all of them wins (expect for the opponent in each case), curated for historical or individual significance. You can stream on MLB.com or any of MLB’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube), and fans can use #OpeningDayAtHome to interact while watching.

As you may have discerned from the title, Game 7 of the 2016 World Series will be featured as the Cubs’ game of choice. Reds fans, on the other hand, get to revel in the glory of their…2019 season-opening win. I know they’ve been irrelevant for a while now, but is that really the best MLB could do? Even accounting for recency bias, that’s some really weak sauce.

In addition, on MLB Network, you can watch classic Opening Day games all day, beginning at 1 p.m. ET with Derek Jeter’s first Opening Day in 1996, and ending at midnight with Tuffy Rhodes’ unforgettable three-homer day for the Cubs against Doc Gooden and the Mets in 1994. Meanwhile, ESPN2 will air a Home Run Derby marathon beginning at 6 p.m. ET, starting with Pete Alonso’s 2019 triumph, followed by the derbies from 2018, ’17 and ’15.  

In the interest of full transparency, I’m probably more likely to keep it Cubbish if I watch any baseball at all. The games from the 2016 playoffs on Marquee Sports Network are far more interesting to me than watching a perfect game from some other team, cool as such a feat may be. But if Opening Day at Home is your jam, check out the games below.

Full list of games and start times:

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)

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