It is always a great feeling on opening day, win or lose. But winning is so much better!
Clayton Kershaw, feeling sick from the flu, gutted it out (and whatever was in his gut came out) to pitch three scoreless innings in the opener. Despite the offers of Mattingly, Honeycutt and Colletti to bypass the start, he showed his grit and determination and proved that he can be a masterful pitcher despite having less than optimal stuff on the mound.
Matt Kemp came out of his Andruw Kemp Mode to return to Beast Mode, going 2 for 4 including an opposite field 2 run home run to give the Dodgers a four run lead.
Kenley Jansen was touched for a home run but the bullpen held the lead and gave the Dodgers their first victory of the year.
Magic Johnson, who sat next to the dugout, was excited to see his team-to-be close up. He showed less than perfect sense by sitting with the reviled Frank McCourt during the game. Maybe he figures he has so much teflon skin that he can avoid being damaged by such an unpopular act.
Now, its time for Dodger baseball, day two…