SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- No matter how many times he gets to do it, Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy insists starting on Opening Day will never lose its luster.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson confirmed Kennedy as his Opening Day starter Monday, and Kennedy said Tuesday it was still a thrill when Gibson told him.
"It never gets old," Kennedy said. "The third time you're being told you're the Opening Day starter is still a really, really cool thing. Like I always say, when you're a kid, you see the Opening Day starters and you want to be them one day.
"I've been really blessed to get to do it three times."
Kennedy will take the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 1, likely opposite Adam Wainwright, who is the assumed Opening Day starter for the Cardinals. This will be the D-backs first opener against a team outside the NL West since 2008.
Kennedy knows he'll feel some jitters come April 1, though perhaps a bit less than previous years.
"Last year, my second time, it was a l...