Los Angeles Dodgers: Reactions to Clayton Kershaw’s Unbelievable Opening Day Performance

April 1, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) heads to the dugout after a solo home run in the eighth inning of the game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

This just in, Clayton Kershaw is the Cy Young winner and MVP through 1 game of the 2013 MLB season, no doubt. Through 1 game, he is on pace to win 32 games with a 0.00 ERA while striking out 224 batters in 291.2 innings. AND he’s on pace to hit 32 home runs. Clayton Kershaw is a beast, everyone knew it already. But it is a testament to just how dominant he was and how excited Dodgers fans are for this season, that the sports world bowed to King Kershaw.

For the record, Kershaw notched a complete game shutout with 7 strikeouts, and a game winning homerun to deep center to lead off the bottom of the 8th.

Leave it to the 25 year old Texan to be the modest one

The rest of us were not so calm

Most of us were closer to speechless

Opening Day against the hated and defending World Series Champion San Franciso Giants, to break a 0-0 tie en route to a complete game shutout. Is that all? Tell me more

Beast is right. If he was anymore Beast, Marshawn Lynch would have called a press conference already announcing he is relinquishing the term Beast Mode completely.

David Price managed to keep it pretty classy and restrained. But it’s a little easier when he’s competing for the other Cy Young and not the one Kershaw is winning.

Matt Kemp ran over to give Kershaw a Gatorade bath after the game, which never happens in baseball. Kemp made it clear, no bones about it, Dodgers Opening Day was

A popular Giants sentiment after the Opening Day defeat though was one of resignation.

The evidence would certainly seem to point to that. But the Giants better hope Donnie Baseball doesn’t start using Kershaw as a pinch hitter.

But it’s probably a little easier to get over today’s result as a Giants fan, when they’ve won 2 of the last 3 World Series. Today was a great result. Clayton Kershaw is greater than the Giants’ roster, but for the first time since 1988 it’s time to prove it in October.

Topics: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants

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  • AaronKnuckleCurve

    beast mode for shizzle

  • Matt Miller

    I think getting a grill and eating Skittles in the dugout are the next logical steps