The Major League Baseball Opening Day is one of sports greatest moments. Unfortunately, our Opening Day festivities for the 2020 season have been postponed with no firm start date on the horizon.
Still, MLB and their affiliates are working hard to capitalize on this opportunity and give fans a chance to feel the Opening Day nostalgia through their digital and streaming platforms. They’re offering 30 different Opening Day and MLB memories for free across MLB TV, YouTube, Facebook and other streaming platforms.
Our Cal Viewing Guide directs your attention to the last Opening Day game that they’re airing on MLB TV today, the 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT game between the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies from 2005.
If you’ve forgotten by now — that’s when former Cal great Xavier Nady knocked home four RBIs for the Padres at Coors Field.
Find your way to stream the action here.
Nady was selected in the fourth round out of high school but instead chose to come to Cal where he set the then-All-Time record for career slugging percentage at .729. He’s known as the most decorated player in Cal baseball history and he hit at least .374 in each of his two seasons as well ast knocking home at least 62 RBIs and 15 home runs in his two years in Berkeley.
His final season for the Golden Bears saw him hit .374 with 17 doubles and a school-record 23 home runs in 1999. He was All-American, All-Pac-10 and about any other list of awards you could cite off from that season. His career saw Nady finish as a two-time All-American, two-time All-Pac-10 and Baseball America’s 1999 Summer Player of the Year as well as Preseason Player of the Year in both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball publications.
His MLB career spanned 15 seasons with the Padres, New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals and San Francisco 49ers. He was a World Series champion with the Giants in 2012 and hit a career 104 home runs with 410 RBIs.
Go back and relive some of that famous Nady magic in his Opening Day performance with the Padres from the 2005 season as a great placeholder until we can get baseball back in our lives.
Do you have a favorite Xavier Nady moment? If so, drop it below in the comments!