Clayton Kershaw, the N.L. Cy Young award winner from last year took the mound to kick off the 2012 Dodgers season. Kershaw did everything an Ace could do, pitching three scoreless innings before exiting the game with a stomach flu.
Matt Kemp, the Dodgers’ Super Hero from last year put on his cape in the 8th inning and crush a ball over the right field scoreboard for his first homerun of the season. It gave the Dodgers a commanding lead.
The bullpen came through big time last night. Aside from Kenley Jensen giving up that monster homerun, the ‘pen looked great! Javy Guerra came in the 9th and shut down the Padres to get his 1st save of the season.
It was great to know that Magic Johnson went to the dugout and personally congratulated Kemp on his homerun. When speaking to a reporter, Magic Johnson said, “the Dodgers have their own Kobe Bryant and his name is Matt Kemp.”
As a Dodger fan, Opening Day is always another year where I renew my vows to my beloved Dodgers. I have been “married” to the Dodgers for over 20 years and there is nothing like Opening Day! The sense of joy and excitement to see my beloved Dodgers start another year in hopes of reaching the World Series is a feeling that any baseball fan can understand.
A lot has been written about the outrageous price that Guggenheim paid for the team. Like Jackie Robinson once said, “Money is America’s God,” and sure enough, it was a lot of money that McGreedy ended up banking. I really wanted the bidders to boycott the sale of the Dodgers and force McGreedy to include the parking lots in the sale. I just have a have time understanding that a group can buy a team for a lil over 2 billion dollars and they couldn’t get rid off Frank McCourt! Dodger fans are just happy that McCourt era is over and a new era is on the horizon. I hope that the new Dodgers owner will not increase ticket sales in the future to cover up the cost for purchasing the team. I am excited for what this year has in stores for this 2012 team. If they stay healthy and Andre Eithier, Juan Rivera, James Loney and Juan Uribe produce the numbers that they are capable of and the pitching is solid, I feel the Dodgers will be able to have one great season.
Here are the highlights of last night’s game.