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Scheduling disruptions are a bit overstated

Aug 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

Joe Girardi

In a vacuum I understand the Yankees’ frustration with having to burn one of their two remaining offdays — September 8th — to make up one of the washed-out Orioles games.  Off-days are precious this time of the season.

I’m also sympathetic to Joe Girardi’s argument that there should have been a doubleheader scheduled for Friday. It seemed like a no-brainer at the time given the weather forecast and I still can’t think of a rational reason why the Orioles wouldn’t go for it.

Finally, I’m less-than-impressed with those who have cited Mike Flanagan’s death as a reason why the Orioles couldn’t be expected to be more reasonable and flexible about all of this. They’re totally different issues and, sadly, teams have had to deal with the death of one of their own before, including active players and coaches.

But like I said, that’s in a vacuum. It’s significant with respect to fairness from-team-to-team and all of that. But not in an absolute sense. And there is a limit to how much patience I have for anyone complaining too much about the schedule disruptions. And the reason for that is explained fairly well in this Boston Globe article on the subject today:

One could make the case that schedule and travel issues are overrated, and they often are. Baseball travel is better even than first class for the average Joe, where everything is taken care of for you. Hotel accommodations are first class. Players do not want for any convenience, and of course, they can always sleep on the plane.

You’re familiar with the “first world problems” meme?  This is, like, supra-first-world-problems.  Put your big boy pants on and deal with it.

(thanks to MooseinOhio for the heads up)

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 29, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Phillies do not have any off days the rest of the season with 2 double headers mixed in there….so, the Yankees should stop their whining.

    • paperlions - Aug 29, 2011 at 11:16 AM

      Well done standard-issue Philly Phan! Tying the record for fastest change of subject to the Phillies (tied with 1,249 other posts).

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 29, 2011 at 11:18 AM

        LOL I thought the same thing and shook my head because I am also guilty of doing that too. Shame on you dr… :D

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 29, 2011 at 11:19 AM

        The subject had complete relevance to the Yankees. Pointing out that other teams are in the same, if not worse, boat is anything but irrelevant. If I were intimately familiar with the scheduling of other teams, I would have pointed that out as well. So, perhaps you should take it easy.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 29, 2011 at 11:20 AM

        Yep, I will hang by head in shame….struggling to fight back the tears because of the overwhelming guilt. :(

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 29, 2011 at 11:31 AM

        No, Good Doctor, do not feel any guilt. You did not change this into a Phillies thread. There have been several teams in the northeast that have had to reschedule games in response to the hurricane. You made a vaid comment.

        I’m getting tired of the people complaining about the amount of Phillies comments. If you don’t like it, tough. We are here on this site in abundance. Deal with it. When your team has the best record in baseball, you can then talk smack.

      • paperlions - Aug 29, 2011 at 12:35 PM

        …except that he did turn it into a Phillies discussion because he explicitly used the Phillies as an example, when “normal” fans would have referred to the fact that ALL teams have to deal with these problems. Phillie fans, more than most fan groups, can conceive of no non-Phillie examples, and phrase comments with the Phillies as the focus, not as a point of reference for the topic.

      • cur68 - Aug 29, 2011 at 12:48 PM

        How dare you Philly-guys hi-jack this BeaverMen thread. No one suffers more than they, so they should have exclusive rights to this “supra-first-world-problems” thread. They have to clear Canadian Customs and border security every time they return home. Anyone who has ever had to deal with Canadian Customs and Border Security, knows what a collection of mismatched, brain dead, holier-than-thou nerds the customs people are. Shame on you Philly Phans. Let the BeaverMen have their thread. Its not like they have their Cy Young pitcher anymore, is it?

      • schrutebeetfarms - Aug 29, 2011 at 1:22 PM

        Best post I’ve ever read on here. Well done.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Aug 29, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    The Philly media during the weekend has been overstating the fact that the Phillies have to play 33 games in 31 days because of the hurricane. Why are they overstating? To create something to talk about, no more. 33 games in 31 days is no big deal. Grow a pair and deal with it.

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 29, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    “First World Problems”…or “White People Problems” as Louis C.K. says in his awesome skit…

    “Press 1 for English…” Aw man…what the #$#%@$…I have to actually press a button. Ugh.

    Thanks also for pointing out the wrongful use of Mike Flanagan’s suicide being used in this scenario too. The fact is that the Orioles wanted to keep another night home gate with the Yankees for the extra fans at the gate and NO OTHER REASON.

    • atworkident - Aug 29, 2011 at 11:48 AM

      I think the tribute to Mike Flanagan was scheduled for the first day back after the Orioles returned from a 4 game series in Minneapolis and after a road trip on the west coast. Good time to have the tribute. That SHOULD factor into the decision… even if you don’t care.

      I suppose they could have halfassed the tribute to Flanagan to appease the Yankees… Playing a double hitter on Friday after coming off a 11 day roadtrip was out of the question and seriously sharing the gate on “home” game in New York City is retard. Especially after the Yankees jerked them around for July 30th doublehitter.

    • Panda Claus - Aug 29, 2011 at 11:49 AM

      I won’t disagree about the unnecessary invokation of Flanagan’s death as poor excuse to use. However, Girardi argued against back-to-back Sunday and Monday doubleheaders because his staff was stretched thin. That same reason applied for the O’s on Friday’s proposed doubleheader.

      But yeah, money lost from a gate was initially the most likely reason. Interesting it is then that the Sept. 8th makeup game will be an afternoon gate, not in the evening.

      Bottom line, both teams could’ve handled this situation better.

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 29, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    I also wonder why the Yankees have to go out west this late in the year? Seems a bit odd to me that an east coast team will be playing 3 at LA and 3 at SEA in mid September while Boston won’t be leaving the time zone from August 26 until the end of the season.

    Did I just defend the Yankees? Bleh.

  5. Jonny 5 - Aug 29, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    33 games in 31 games is what to me? TOTALLY FRICKIN’ AWESOME IN 33 WAYS.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 29, 2011 at 12:25 PM

      Agreed J5…especially since there will be September call-ups and we won’t have to worry about a strain on the bullpen. Plus being up 8 games in the loss column doesn’t hurt either. Simply playing .500 ball (17-16) would force the braves to go 21-8(.724) to tie for the division title. I seriously doubt either of those are happening.

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