It was always going to be Clayton Kershaw, not that it means that Walker Buehler isn’t worthy. After Dodgers manager Dave Roberts officially named Kershaw to his record-extending ninth opening day start on Monday, words were spilled all over the internet about whether it was the right call.
Moreover, the wonder was if it was just, in fact, out of “charity” that the Dodger veteran was selected over the 25-year-old Buehler.
It turns out, the two pitchers and their manager discussed this at length.
#Dodgers Kershaw said it was 3-way discussion with Buehler, Roberts: “We kind of all got together and I said I don’t want a charity Opening Day. If you want me to do it, great. But if you want Walker to do it, great too. Walker was great about it. I’m thankful that I get to do it
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) March 9, 2020
It’s cool. I feel like I say it every year, but I don’t take it lightly. It is an honor. It is just one game, but it is an honor to get the start. Opening Day is a special day in baseball and to get to be part of it is really cool.
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