Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day – Kirk Gibson throws out first pitch – George Lopez & Samuel Jackson relive historic moment


courtesy of Getty Images
Noel Vasquez

[Chavez Ravine, Los Angeles]  Opening day is always a special event in major league baseball.  At Dodger stadium or “the ravine” it takes on significance due to the team and their tie to the city.  The fact the Dodgers would be hosting their arch-rival Giants was enough for most fans.  But the treat about opening day is you never know what presentations the host team will unveil.

George Lopez and Samuel Jackson stole the show

Kirk Gibson’s monumental home run in 1988 has its place high atop baseball lore as an unforgettable event.  Comedian George Lopez and Actor Samuel Jackson are unabashedly die-hard Dodger fans.  They recreated the special time in history when Gibson was blessed by the baseball gods.  The seven minute clip was quite a production and done so to introduce Gibson as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch.  The production was amazing!!

As for the game, Dodgers ace and one known as the “best pitcher on the planet,” Clayton Kershaw got snakebit as his two-strike slider to the Giants pesky Joe Panik slipped inside the right field foul pole for a home run, as well as the only run as the Giants handed the Dodgers an opening day loss.  One game down, one hundred and sixty-one to go.

7 MINUTE HISTORIC CLIP, courtesy of Los Angeles Dodgers