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Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw Sounds Like He Would Prefer to Start the Home Opener

Rather than getting the Opening Day nod, Kersh knows the home opener in 2021 is special.



This year will be unlike any other in Dodgers history. Coming off of the first World Series in 32 years is special on its own. But the fact that fans have not been able to take in a game since the postseason in 2019 brings new meaning. 

When the Dodgers open up their season in Colorado in April, they will likely get to play in front of over 12,000 fans. Coming home to Los Angeles might look a little different, depending on how things go over the next few weeks. 

The Dodgers could end up playing in front of just 100 fans, as mandated by the Governor of Califirnia. But if Los Angeles County can move out of the COVID-19 purple tier, they can seat at 20 percent capacity. Regardless of how many people are there. Clayton Kershaw knows this will be important. 

Opening day is a special thing obviously, so whoever gets to do that, that’s an honor. But the home opener this year is very special. The first time at Dodger Stadium with fans in a year after winning the World Series after 32 years. So regardless if there are 10 fans or 2,500 fans or 10,000 fans, whatever it is, it’s gonna be a special day for all of us.

Kershaw has the most Opening Day starts in franchise history for the Dodgers. He would’ve extended that mark the last two years if he hadn’t been injured. Despite all of that experience. it sounds like he would almost prefer to start the home opener. 

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If Kershaw were to get the Opening Day start, he would have to pitch on 7 days of rest to get the home opener against the Nationals. The Dodgers could actually consider doing something like that to ease starting pitchers into a full season, given that they do have at least 7 of them. 

Whatever they decide to do, Kershaw should almost certainly be pitching Opening Day. It’s going to be a fun one. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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