"1, 2, 3, 4, I declare Thumb War!"
Clayton Kershaw (0-0, -.--) vs. Matt Cain (0-0, -.--)
No foolin'! The Sons have (begrudgingly) set aside our tradition of annoying the hell out of you with April Fools pranks to honor an even greater tradition: Opening Day.
And what an Opening Day! This game just about has it all: the best pitching matchup in baseball, the lofty expectations of a team with a massive payroll, 56,000+ fans jammed into a Dodger Stadium with brand-spanking new amenities, and, of course, the unparalleled fervor of the rivalry with the hated Giants.
Pregame festivities include tributes to the 1963 and 1988 World Series Championships, on their 50th and 25th anniversaries (*cries*), a performance by Blue Man Group, the traditional flag presentation, and a video highlighting the history of the Opening Day first pitch. The person throwing out the first pitch hasn't been announced at the time of this writing, but the buzz on Twitter is that it's Sandy Koufax. (*cries again*)
It's (FINALLY!) tiiiiiiiiime for Dodger Basebaaallllllll!
Update (12:00pm): Cool pic from the Dodgers' Twitter:
Image via Dodgers.com.