MLB’s “Opening Day at Home,” a rollout of 30 classic games across several platforms. Photo creditL mlb.com

Ah, the promise of Opening Day – March 26. Alas, it was not to be with the coronavirus shelving sports. We can but hope for the real Opening Day at some point in 2020.

What we have Thursday then is classics, as MLB goes all out with “Opening Day at Home” across multiple platforms as the sport shares great games of seasons past, including two from your San Diego Padres.

The Padres should have been playing the Rockies Thursday to open the season at Petco Park. Spoiler alert: You still will get to see the Rockies on “Opening Day at Home,” and you will definitely dig the game from 2019. But the one from Opening Day 2005? Not so much.

The first is one of the games from June’s record-setting series against the Colorado Rockies, which  includes comebacks that could pretty much only happen at Coors Field.

The 2005 game airs on MLB Network at 6 p.m. PST. The 2019 game streams over the @LasMayores Twitter handle at 6:30 p.m. PST.

Thursday’s game slate starts at 5:30 a.m. PST. In addition to MLB and Twitter, you can catch games on FS1, and on Facebook and YouTube on social media.

See the graphic for the full schedule, with games from as far back as 1996.

Highlights include the 2019 World Series (San Diego State’s Stephen Strasburg played a big part), the 2016 World Series (the Chicago Cubs got out from under a very famous burden) and the 2004 American League Championship Series (Los Angeles Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts, formerly of the Padres, played a historic bit part).

– Staff reports

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