The Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers are scheduled to open the 2021 season against each other at Coors Field on April 1. Now we know another way Rockies and Dodgers fans will be able to see their teams in action.
On Thursday afternoon, ESPN announced that the Opening Day matchup between the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field will be the second game of a four-game slate scheduled to be shown that day. The Rockies and Dodgers will begin just after 2 p.m. (Mountain time) and will follow the day’s opening game with the Toronto Blue Jays visiting the New York Yankees.
Following the Rockies-Dodgers on ESPN will be the New York Mets at the Washington Nationals, with the Houston Astros visiting the Oakland A’s as the nightcap.
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While the game is being picked up by ESPN, Rockies fans should also make note that the game will also be carried by AT&T SportsNet. The 2021 season begins a new television contract between the network and the Rockies, which is expected to boost revenues at a time when Colorado is attempting to figure out if there is a way to keep the left side of their infield intact by signing Trevor Story to a long-term contract and seeing what happens with Nolan Arenado and plenty of “what if” scenarios regarding trades.
Of course, all of this planning around April 1 is still a hopeful plan as COVID-19 continued to hamper our society. Major League Baseball was reduced to a 60-game regular-season schedule last year because of the virus and fans were kept away until later rounds of the postseason. Whether teams will be able to begin spring training on time and whether it can be done safely in Florida and Arizona, as opposed to Spring Training II be held within the teams’ Major League home stadiums last summer, is still a question as well.
If the game is played on April 1, the 2021 opener will be the first for the Dodgers since winning the 2020 World Series, the team’s first title since 1988. Meanwhile, the Rockies are looking to bounce back from consecutive losing seasons and are still chasing the franchise’s inaugural National League West crown.
Opening Day is always a celebration in downtown Denver. If the game is actually played and fans are allowed to enter Coors Field, ESPN viewers could see an Opening Day celebration unlike any in the franchise’s history.