Game 1: So, this is actually happening

via @Yankees

It took a while, but MLB Opening Day is finally here. I’ve been getting more and more excited over the last week or so, which I gleefully mentioned on the podcast this week. Today’s news regarding Juan Soto’s positive test was a reality check (more on that shortly), though. I think it’s OK to be excited to watch some baseball tonight — I certainly am going to enjoy the game — but I willfully put the blinders on over the past couple of weeks when I shouldn’t have.

Regardless of how skeptical or critical we are of the league, it’s clear that things are going full steam ahead. Pandemic baseball begins in just over an hour, and with that comes lineups:

Yankees (0-0)

  1. Aaron Hicks, CF
  2. Aaron Judge, RF
  3. Gleyber Torres, SS
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
  5. Brett Gardner, LF
  6. Gary Sánchez, C
  7. Luke Voit, 1B
  8. Gio Urshela, 3B
  9. Tyler Wade, 2B

RHP Gerrit Cole

Nationals (0-0)

  1. Trea Turner, SS
  2. Adam Eaton, RF
  3. Starlin Castro, 2B
  4. Howie Kendrick, DH
  5. Eric Thames, 1B
  6. Kurt Suzuki, C
  7. Asdrúbal Cabrera, 3B
  8. Andrew Stevenson, LF
  9. Victor Robles, CF

RHP Max Scherzer

News & Notes

  • The big news: Juan Soto tested positive for COVID-19 and is out. First and foremost, he’s asymptomatic which is good for his own well being. Let’s hope it remains that way. Next, it’s important to note that this positive result stems from a test taken Tuesday. That means there’s been potential exposure to teammates and staff, which in turn means potential exposure to the Yankees tonight. Play ball, though! Don’t worry, the league certainly has a grip on this whole thing.
  • No DJ LeMahieu in the starting lineup, though he did make the roster. LeMahieu tested positive for COVID-19 a few weeks ago and was a late arrival to camp, so he’s still not quite ready for a full game it seems. That said, we very well may see him pinch hit tonight.
  • It looks like a 16-team playoff will happen this year. Per Marly Rivera of ESPN, the MLBPA has approved an expanded postseason for 2020 only. The division winners will be the top three seeds in each league, followed by the second place teams in the next three spots, with the last two going to the best records remaining.
  • Players can wear Black Lives Matter t-shirts during batting practice, as you can see in the photo at the top. Cleat customization restrictions have been lifted as well so players can express themselves more freely. Also of note, there’ll be a pre-game demonstration as described below:

First pitch is scheduled 7:08 p.m. EDT (TV: ESPN, Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 and WADO 1280). The weather forecast has improved a bit so it seems like this game will be played.


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Game 1: Stanton and Cole bring the thunder to DC


  1. Coronaveddardus

    They need to call the ballgame. Field is too wet and it’s dangerous. Plus, we’re winning.

  2. Loving the Tyler Wade work tonight. What a champ.

  3. Coronaveddardus

    Cole needs to keep them at 1 like an ace. Stanton gave him all the support he should need.

  4. Wire Fan

    Not a fan of the 16 team playoffs. Apparently the opening series is a best of three (not sure if they play all the games at the higher seed or if it is 1-2 or 2-1). That puts a lot more randomness into the playoffs.

    Good to have baseball back. 60-0 or bust!

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