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MLB to air Game 4 of Red Sox vs. Yankees 2004 ALCS on Thursday

MLB to air Game 4 of Red Sox vs. Yankees 2004 ALCS on Thursday

With the 2020 MLB season postponed due to the coronavirus, it's going to be a while before we're able to watch any live baseball action.

But that doesn't mean we'll be without baseball entirely on what was supposed to be Opening Day.

On Thursday, MLB will present "Opening Day at Home," a slate of classic games including Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. The game, which of course includes Dave Roberts' steal that sparked Boston's historic series comeback, will air at 6 p.m. ET on MLB's Facebook page.

Check out the full slate below:

Roberts' steal is one of the most iconic moments in the history of the Red Sox franchise. The speedy outfielder scored on a Bill Mueller base hit up the middle to tie the game, then David Ortiz walked it off later on in the 12th inning to force a Game 5.

Boston would become the first team to storm back from a 3-0 series deficit in the ALCS, and then go on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals to win their first World Series title in 86 years.

MLB has not yet announced a new Opening Day date for the 2020 season.

Who are the best catchers in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

Who are the best catchers in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

For a position so essential to baseball — no player handles the ball more often — the catching ranks in Red Sox history are surprisingly shallow.

Multiple seasons belong to players like Johnny Peacock, Pinch Thomas, Hick Cady, Roxy Walters, and Muddy Ruel, names that sound like they should belong to bouncers before big leaguers.

The dearth of catching talent may partly explain why the Red Sox routinely featured lousy starting rotations, at least until Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez, and Co. arrived to give the club perennial Cy Young contenders no matter who squatted behind the plate.

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Had this list extended to 10 instead of five, some of the names would surprise you. Wally Schang, anyone? How about Bill Carrigan? There'd definitely be room for Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Anyway, the overall talent level may be thin, but the top five are legit, with three All-Stars and two Hall of Famers.

Click here for the top five catchers in Red Sox history.

Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Dave Roberts says former Red Sox Mookie Betts 'loves' being a Dodger

Are Dave Roberts' latest comments about Mookie Betts just wishful thinking or reality?

The Los Angeles Dodgers manager said some interesting things about his new right fielder on ESPN's "The Sedano Show" Monday, including that he knows how Betts feels about being in Dodger blue.

I think him being in spring training with us — the relationship I have with him personally, and I think some players too, and coaches — it feels like he’s already played a season with us, which is strange. … Mookie’s gotta do what’s best for him and his family once that time does present itself, but I know that he loves being a Dodger.

After just eight spring training games, Betts "loves" being a Dodger? It seems like a stretch, but maybe getting out of Boston was that much of a relief for the 27-year-old.

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With the 2020 season on pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, it's possible we never see Betts play a regular-season game for the Dodgers. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players' Association agreed on a settlement that would let all pending free agents hit the open market if the coming season is canceled.

Betts, the 2018 American League MVP and World Series champion, likely will test free agency come 2021, and the Dodgers will have to pay a hefty price to keep him in L.A. 

If Dodgers ownership and team president Andrew Friedman decide to shell out the cash, then Betts will probably "love" being a Dodger even more.