2019 MLB Opening Day – All There Is to Know About the Earliest Opening Day in History
The official beginning of the 2019 MLB season is finally upon us, and this year it starts earlier than ever before. That’s right, the first day all 30 teams will play is March 28th, a day earlier than the 2018 season opener and the earliest season opener in the history of Major League Baseball.
Wait a second. This isn’t news… is it?
Well, yes and no. The MLB announced the move way back in August of 2018, which sent a ripple through the baseball world. So yes, we’ve known about this for months. And to be fair, this isn’t the first day that MLB games have been played so far. The “first” game of the season actually occurred on March 20th, which marks it as the unofficial opening day. We’re not really counting this one though, as it was an international two-game set between the Athletics and the Mariners in Tokyo, Japan. Not your average ball game!
But it’s not the first first day, then!
Everybody take a deep breath – the 28th is special for a couple of reasons. In addition to it being the earliest official season opener ever on North American soil, it’s also the second year in a row that all 30 teams are playing on the same day. So yeah, it’s pretty darn noteworthy for MLB fans. The best part about it is that not only is March 28th set to become a part of baseball history — it’s a day you can easily participate in. Even as opening day looms ever closer, it’s not too late to get MLB opening day tickets if you know where to look.
So, when and where are we talking?
The festivities kick off at 1:05 PM Eastern with two matchups that are sure to be crowd-pleasers for New York fans. Not only do the Mets take on the Nationals in DC, at the same time up the coast the iconic Yankee Stadium and the Bronx Bombers host the Baltimore Orioles. The merrymaking continues until 7:08 PM Eastern when the Red Sox drop into Seattle looking to spear the Mariners.
I don’t have that many frequent flyer miles. What are my options?
Want to take in some Opening Day games from the comfort of your own sofa? If you have the ESPN Opening Day package, there are three games you can see. You’ll get access to watch the Orioles vs. Yankees, Sox vs. Mariners, and Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers. Beyond that, as always, local blackouts will apply — which is just one more reason to pick up some Opening Day tickets to cheer on your favorite team.
How About a Full List?
Here’s the entire Opening Day schedule for March 28th, including the matchups already mentioned. All times are listed in Eastern, so don’t get it twisted.
- New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals: 1:05 p.m.
- Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees: 1:05 p.m.
- St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers: 2:10 p.m.
- Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies: 3:05 p.m.
- Detroit Tigers vs. Toronto Blue Jays: 3:37 p.m.
- Houston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays: 4 p.m.
- Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers: 4:05 p.m.
- Los Angeles Angels vs. Oakland Athletics: 4:07 p.m.
- Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds: 4:10 p.m.
- Colorado Rockies vs. Miami Marlins: 4:10 p.m.
- Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins: 4:10 p.m.
- San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres: 4:10 p.m.
- Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers: 4:10 p.m.
- Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals: 4:15 p.m.
- Boston Red Sox vs. Seattle Mariners: 7:08 p.m.