The 2012-13 off season was one of remodeling, transactions and recovery for the Los Angeles Dodgers. On Opening Day, everything fell nicely into place.
Winning is special for Los Angeles on any night, but shutting out the San Francisco Giants at home in front of a sold-out crowd on Opening Day is nearly unbeatable. Clayton Kershaw threw nine scoreless innings and allowed only four hits to give the Dodgers their first win of the season.
Not only did Kershaw dominate on the mound, but he also contributed to his own cause last in the game. Kershaw hit his first home run of his career, giving Los Angeles their first run of the season on the 414-foot blast.
Even with all of the excitement of Kershaw’s solo performance, there was more to the Dodgers’ Opening Day story.
As a sign of good things to come, Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the season, and then passed the torch to another talented left hander; Kershaw.
Dodgers fans were welcomed to the first game of the season with a classy, well-made video production which introduced new ownership (Magic Johnson) and showed the city’s support for the Blue. Then, when things couldn’t feel more perfect, a man from above the grandstand shouted: “It’s time for Dodger baseball.”
Just before the first pitch, Vin Scully welcomed fans with his age-old catch phrase. Scully is entering his 64th season as the unofficial voice of the Dodgers.
With Matt Kemp healthy, and the renewed zest around Chavez Revine, Los Angeles should have no trouble bringing a championship back to Dodgertown.
John Engel is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports, and also works for ESPNLA 710 AM radio in Los Angeles. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.