This week ESPN announced that the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers will play the very first regular season game of the 2014 season on Sunday Night Baseball.
As for the game itself, which is in San Diego at Petco Park, one imagines that the Padres were hardly at the top of anybody’s list to be showcased in the season opener (no disrespect). Such are the spoils of playing in the same division as the Dodgers, who are enough of a draw on their own at this point that it matters little who they are playing.
Clayton Kershaw figures to be on the mound for the Dodgers. If Matt Kemp is healthy and ready to go, he will join a lineup of heavy hitters that includes Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, and of course Yasiel Puig (you starting to see why ESPN wanted the Dodgers in this game?).
As for the Padres, they will presumably look to either Andrew Cashner or the newly acquired Josh Johnson as their opening day starter. Whoever gets the nod for San Diego will throw the first pitch of the 2014 season.