Yesterday was supposed to be baseball’s Opening Day, a de facto national holiday and celebration of the end of the long, baseball-free winter. COVID-19 ruined that, of course, but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch any baseball this summer.
As part of its “Opening Day at Home” event, Major League Baseball streamed 30 recent, memorable games — a victory each for all 30 teams — on TV networks and social media channels yesterday. But if you missed out, fear not: You can now stream them at your leisure on MLB.com.
They’re not a replacement for live baseball because nothing could be, but if you’re looking to get your fix without watching Field of Dreams for the hundredth time, you could do a lot worse than streaming these classics.
Fans of pitching have three no-hitters to choose from: two from Justin Verlander (playing for the Tigers and Astros, respectively) and one from Clayton Kershaw, a 15-strikeout performance from 2014. There are also two perfect games from Mark Buehrle of the White Sox and Felix Hernandez of the Mariners.
More offensively minded fans can feast their eyes on Mike Trout’s first career five-hit game, a three-double and one-homer showcase at Yankee Stadium in 2018. There’s also Bryce Harper’s walk-off grand slam for the Phillies last season and a Nolan Arenado cycle on Father’s Day 2017. Dingers galore!
The final game of the 2002 Oakland A’s then-AL record 20-game hitting streak — the one portrayed in Moneyball — is here, as is the 22nd game of the 2017 Cleveland streak that broke that record.
There’s also lots of late-season drama. The 2009 Minnesota Twins needed extra innings in an extra game to clinch the AL Central title against the Detroit Tigers, while the 2011 Rays capped the most exciting day of regular season baseball in history with an eight-run comeback that, combined with an Orioles victory over the Red Sox, punched their ticket to the playoffs.
Postseason baseball is also well represented, as 16 of the 30 games were played after the end of the regular season. Among your choices are Jose Bautista’s iconic bat flip in the 2015 ALDS, the Red Sox comeback from down 3 games to none against the Yankees in 2004, the Mets clinching the 2015 pennant, the Nationals‘ World Series game 7 victory from last season, the Cubs clinching their first World Series in over a century, and Luis Gonzalez’s 2001 World Series-winning single against the greatest closer in the history of baseball.
And if you watch all of these, there are still older classic games and full 2019 games on the official MLB YouTube channel. That’s hours and hours of baseball that can tide you over until the regular season starts, whenever that is.