The A's are opening up the 2019 season on the road. Not in Seattle. Not in Texas. Not in the United States. Not even in Toronto.
Once again, the A's season starts in Japan. Oakland will play two exhibition games against professional Japanese teams before their first regular-season game is scheduled for March 20, a week before the rest of the league, against the Mariners in Tokyo.
And when the games begin, two greats will be in the batter's box. A's Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson will step in during the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1, followed by Mariners legend Ken Griffey Jr. in the next game.
Information regarding ceremonial first pitches for the 2019 MGM MLB Opening Series in Tokyo, Japan have been announced. Several former MLB/NPB players will be featured, as well as Hall of Famers Rickey Henderson and Ken Griffey Jr. pic.twitter.com/dncGJ4KSep— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) March 12, 2019
If you want to watch the festivities live though, you better be ready for an early morning. First pitch is scheduled for 2:35 a.m. PT in both A's-Mariners games.
This is the second time the two teams have opened their season in Japan. Oakland and Seattle met in the last Opening Series in Tokyo in 2012.