A complete-game shutout and the game-winning home run? Who does Clayton Kershaw think he is?

That was quite the Opening Day game. Other than Sandy Koufax throwing out the first pitch, it was a snooze-fest for 7-1/2 innings. Then WHAM! Kershaw pounds the first pitch he sees off reliever George Kontos over the center field wall. He was more surprised than anyone by the first round-tripper of his career.

I love it when the Dodgers beat the “World Champion” Giants (yes, there is a hint of disdain in the quotation marks). And other than stranding guys on base against San Francisco starter Matt Cain, the Dodgers played pretty well, wearing Cain down so that he left after 6 innings and exhibiting the same level of team chemistry we came to enjoy at the start of last season. I’m hoping it continues, but I’m taking it one game at a time.