By Sam Bush
Major League Baseball begins its fourth week of the pandemic pause, so MLB has been hustling to keep its product on your mind in hopes that you’ll come back when play starts in a month or so.
So, MLB.com has a great schedule of highlights:
1 p.m. ET on MLB.com — 2018 Home Run Derby
Bryce Harper puts on a thrilling Derby display for the hometown fans in Washington, D.C., as he outslugs Kyle Schwarber on his final swings for a walk-off win.
6 p.m. ET on MLB Facebook, Twitter and YouTube — 2011 Home Run Derby
Robinson Canó sets a final-round record with 12 home runs to beat Adrián González in a Yankees-Red Sox rivalry matchup for the Home Run Derby crown.
Red Sox magic on MLB Network
7:30 a.m. ET — 2004 World Series Game 4
The Red Sox shatter the Curse of the Bambino and clinch their first World Series championship since 1918.
11 a.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET — Red Sox vs. Royals (April 20, 2013)
Boston shows its strength after the 2013 marathon bombings and Daniel Nava’s late home run leads the Red Sox to a win.
4 p.m. ET — Red Sox vs. Yankees (April 20, 2012)
The Red Sox celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park before a rivalry clash with the Yankees.
7 p.m. ET — 2004 ALCS Game 4
The most epic comeback in baseball history begins, as Dave Roberts and David Ortiz’s heroics start Boston’s rally from down three games to none against the Yankees.
TUESDAY, APRIL 21
12 p.m. ET on MLB.com — King Félix’s perfecto
Félix Hernández pitches the 23rd perfect game in MLB history on Aug. 15, 2012. There still hasn’t been one since.
6 p.m. ET on MLB Facebook, Twitter and YouTube — Mad Max’s 20-K game
Max Scherzer achieves one of baseball’s rarest feats on May 11, 2016, becoming just the fifth pitcher to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game.
7 p.m. ET on ESPN — 1995 ALDS Game 5
Edgar Martinez hits “The Double” — his memorable 11th-inning walk-off at the Kingdome that brought home Ken Griffey Jr. with the winning run and sent the Mariners past the Yankees into the ALCS.
Perfectos and no-nos on MLB Network
10 a.m. ET — Mark Buehrle’s perfect game (White Sox vs. Rays, July 23, 2009)
2 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET — Philip Humber’s perfect game (Mariners vs. White Sox, April 21, 2012)
4 p.m. ET — Jake Arrieta’s second no-hitter (Cubs vs. Reds, April 21, 2016)
6 p.m. ET — Sean Manaea’s no-hitter (A’s vs. Red Sox, April 21, 2018)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22
12 p.m. ET on MLB.com — Manny’s outfield theatrics (July 21, 2004)
Manny Ramirez provides one of the most memorable “Manny Being Manny” moments, diving to cut off fellow Red Sox outfielder Johnny Damon’s throw.
6 p.m. ET on MLB Facebook, Twitter and YouTube — 2000 All-Star Game
In the 71st Midsummer Classic, Chipper Jones hits a home run for the hometown fans at Turner Field, but the American League wins 6-3 behind All-Star Game MVP Derek Jeter.
Walk-off Wednesday on MLB Network
Games to be announced.
THURSDAY, APRIL 23
12 p.m. ET on MLB.com — Saberhagen’s no-hitter
Royals ace Bret Saberhagen no-hits the White Sox at Royals Stadium on Aug. 26, 1991, the fourth and most recent no-hitter in franchise history.
6 p.m. ET on MLB Facebook, Twitter and YouTube — 1998 NL tiebreaker game
The Cubs prevail over the Giants in Game 163 at Wrigley Field on Sept. 28, 1998, to win the NL Wild Card, sparked by Gary Gaetti’s home run to break a scoreless tie.
Superstar debuts on MLB Network
6 a.m. ET — Bryce Harper’s debut (Nationals vs. Dodgers, April 28, 2012)
1 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET — Max Scherzer’s debut (D-backs vs. Astros, April 29, 2008)
3 p.m. ET — Fernando Tatis Jr.’s debut (Padres vs. Giants, March 28, 2019)
5 p.m. ET — Trevor Story’s debut (Rockies vs. D-backs, April 4, 2016)
FRIDAY, APRIL 24
12 p.m. ET on MLB.com — Pujols’ three-homer day vs. Cubs (July 20, 2004)
Trailing 8-1 against the rival Cubs at Wrigley Field, the Cardinals come all the way back thanks to star slugger Albert Pujols, who records the first three-homer game of his career — including the go-ahead, two-run blast in the top of the ninth.
6 p.m. ET on MLB Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – Yankees at Twins (July 23, 2019)
Possibly the best regular-season game last year saw two powerhouse offenses go toe-to-toe at Target Field. The Yankees needed rally after rally to keep up with the Bomba Squad Twins, scoring nine times in the final three innings before taking a lead into the bottom of the 10th. Then, with Minnesota threatening a walk-off, Yankees center fielder (and former Twin) Aaron Hicks ended the affair with a sensational diving catch.
Feel-good Friday on MLB Network
12 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET — David Cone’s perfect game against the Expos (July 18, 1999)
2 p.m. ET — Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis’ return following cancer treatment (Aug. 14, 2017)
4 p.m. ET — Mike Piazza’s post-9/11 homer wins it for the Mets (Sept. 21, 2001)
SATURDAY, APRIL 25
12 p.m. ET on MLB.com — Reggie Jackson becomes Mr. October (1977 World Series Game 6)
Jackson homers three times on just three swings, sending Yankee Stadium into a frenzy as New York closes out the Dodgers to win its first World Series championship in 15 years.
6 p.m. ET on MLB Facebook, Twitter and YouTube — 2017 NL Wild Card Game
A pair of NL West rivals staged a wild back-and-forth affair in this winner-take-all game in Phoenix. The D-backs knocked out Rockies starter Jon Gray, as a three-run homer by Paul Goldschmidt helped Arizona jump out to a 6-0 lead. But the Rockies roared back against D-backs ace Zack Greinke, cutting the lead to just one in the seventh inning. The tide turned again when D-backs reliever Archie Bradley knocked an extremely rare two-run triple, extending an Arizona lead it would not relinquish.
Slugfest Saturday on MLB Network
8 a.m. ET — Bo Bichette makes MLB debut for Blue Jays (July 29, 2019)
4 p.m. ET — Hunter Renfroe hits three homers and Padres erase six-run deficit against Rockies (June 14, 2019)
6 p.m. ET — Brewers club five homers in wild win over Cubs (April 5, 2019)
8 p.m. ET — Nationals stun Mets with seven runs in the bottom of the ninth (Sept. 3, 2019)
SUNDAY, APRIL 26
12 p.m. ET on MLB.com – 1988 NLCS Game 4
Before Kirk Gibson hit his famous pinch-hit homer in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, he helped the Dodgers reach the Fall Classic with heroics in this game. The Mets held a two-games-to-one lead in the series and ace Dwight Gooden was cruising into the ninth with a two-run lead, but Dodgers catcher Mike Scioscia knocked a two-run homer to tie the game and send it to extras. Then, Gibson – mired in a 1-for-16 slump in the series – knocked a two-out homer in the top of the 12th. Orel Hershiser came out of the bullpen to snuff out a bases-loaded rally for the Mets in the bottom half, clinching a dramatic series-tying win for L.A.
6 p.m. ET on MLB Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – 1997 World Series Game 7
The 1997 season came down to a winner-take-all game in South Florida, and it was the nascent Marlins who prevailed over the powerful Indians thanks to Edgar Renteria’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th.