ESPN announced part of the 2015 Sunday Night Baseball schedule for April and part of May yesterday, and the Diamondbacks game against the World Champion San Francisco Giants at Chase Field on Opening Night will be on ESPN.
Here is a look at what ESPN will feature on Opening Day on April 6th:
Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees
New York Mets at Washington Nationals
Cleveland Indians at Houston Astros
San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks
The World Wide Leader in Sports also released an early portion of the Sunday Night Baseball schedule featuring rivalry games, and old faces in new places:
April 5: St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs
April 12: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
April 19: Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals
April 26: New York Mets at New York Yankees
May 3: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
ESPN is often criticized for having an “East Coast Bias,” and this schedule that was released will not do anything to ease that criticism. Of course, the Yankees and Red Sox are on twice, once at Fenway Park, and once at Yankee Stadium, and the Subway Series will also be featured.
Whether you believe that ESPN has an east coast bias or not, the bottom line is that they are a business to, and big market teams, with big fan bases, and lots of money will always get a lot of exposure on a big network, and that will never change. Even Derek Jeter retiring won’t dampen the appeal of many of the Yanks-Sox rivalry.
As far as Opening day goes, this is the third straight year that the Dbacks Opening day game will be on national television. Last season the Opening Series in Australia was on MLB Network, and in 2013 the Cardinals came to town, and that game was on ESPN2.
It should be a fun game against Madison Bumgarner and the World Series champion Giants. The game can be seen on ESPN2 and on the Watch ESPN app.
Dan Schulman, Curt Schilling, and John Kruk will be in the booth, and Buster Olney will be the reporter in the dugout.
All Sunday night games will be available on ESPN, ESPN Radio, the WatchESPN app, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Deportes Radio.
Opening Day can’t come any sooner!