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
What a day! Thanks for all the love out there! Definitely one to remember!!
— Clayton Kershaw (@ClaytonKersh22) April 2, 2013
The rest of us were not so calm
Most of us were closer to speechless
HOLY CRAP — Mr. LA Sports Fan (@MrLASportsFan) April 1, 2013
KERSHAW BOMB OH MY GOD — Matt Clapp (@TheBlogfines) April 1, 2013
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
Kershaw is a “BEAST” shutout plus + Home Run that’s how a pitcher opens the season…. —✄ Sports Uncut ✄ (@JMCSPORTSBOOK) April 2, 2013
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.
Clayton Kershaw….I tip my cap to you! That was a beautiful thing
— David Price (@DAVIDprice14) April 1, 2013
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.