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Draft 2011 schedule has Opening Day on a Thursday

Jul 9, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

Gordon Edes at ESPN Boston has looked at a draft of the 2011 schedule that is floating around and notices something different:

One significant departure in the MLB schedule is that the season will
begin at the end of the week (most teams will play on Friday, with
presumably one game being played on Thursday night). MLB has
traditionally opened its season on a Monday, with ESPN televising one
game the Sunday night before.

Right-thinking people rarely consider that first Sunday night game as true “Opening Day” because there aren’t a dozen or more baseball games going on in the brilliant Spring sunlight while they drink beers and laugh at all the suckers who weren’t smart enough to skip work for the day.*  Monday has always felt like the real Opening Day.

If the real Opening Day is now Friday, it’s actually an improvement, because people can do the same thing they used to do — blow off work and drink beers — but won’t have to wake up early the next day. Win-win.

*Ironically, becoming a Professional Baseball Writer made this past Opening Day the least enjoyable in living memory because I didn’t cut work in the name of baseball and I didn’t drink those beers. As far as NBC knows, anyway.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 9, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Does it really matter anymore? For the next 2-3 years, the Yankees, once they get Cliff Lee and then sign him to CC money in the off-season, will have created an unbeatable team…possibly even better than the 1996-2001 dynasty.

  2. Levi Stahl - Jul 9, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    I like the Sunday night opener because it serves as the perfect kickoff: we spend the day cooking big batches of chili, then have friends over and celebrate the return. Then the Monday games are there as a gloriously welcome distraction at work all day, and the home opener, either that day or another, is a reason to take the day off.
    We can do that on Thursday night, but it doesn’t seem quite right: having the season’s first pitch to ease you into your week seems better than having it to ease you into . . . your weekend?

  3. birdman6824 - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Sounds good ! I just hope some relatively useless player hits 4 HR just before our Saturday draft.

  4. Philip P - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Hopefully the Thursday start will result in a World Series that is over before the end of October.

  5. ThatGuy - Jul 9, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    Don’t you work from home? I would be fairly surprised if you didn’t drink beer all day long everyday. God knows I would

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