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The Reds aren’t exactly thrilled with their 2012 schedule

Sep 15, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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At least not the opening of it.

The Reds had traditionally played the first game of the season in honor of their status as the oldest major league team.  That tradition has broken down in recent years, with prime time games taking over as the real opener and even some other teams having their first pitch go off before the Reds’ on the first day with a slate of afternoon starts.  But 2012 totally subordinates the Reds and makes life difficult for the events that usually surround the game.

The Reds don’t start until Friday, a full two days after the Marlins’ opener. More significantly, that’s Good Friday. Which, while not an ideal start for any team (there has been controversy about this before) is particularly tough for the Reds because Opening Day for them is usually accompanied by a big parade, the opening of a downtown market and other festivities. One who cares a lot about Good Friday can probably make room for a baseball game, but a whole day of whoopin’ it up is a bit much, it is feared.

The Reds are said to be petitioning Major League Baseball for a change here.  Given that they start the season against the Marlins, however, and that since the Marlins open on Wednesday night against the Cardinals they can’t play a game on Thursday due to weird rules about one-game series, I can’t really see what baseball can do about it.

  1. presidentmiraflores - Sep 15, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    I find one-game “series” a lot more objectionable, personally, than opening on Good Friday. And who exactly is clamoring for the Marlins and the Cards to open the season? How can MLB be run as stupidly as it has been under Selig? Football fans cry about Goodell but if they’re not following baseball, they have no idea how much worse it could be.

    • presidentmiraflores - Sep 15, 2011 at 10:47 AM

      To clarify, my comments on stupidity and Selig are not just in response to this scheduling nonsense, but to his tenure as a whole: pretending steroids didn’t exist, the Mitchell Report leaks, the All-Star-game-World-Series-home-advantage lunacy, and on and on.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 15, 2011 at 12:09 PM

      I agree about the one-game series, but there is a reason — it’s about opening Miami’s new ballpark. The same happened with the opening of Nationals Park in 2008 — the Nats hosted the Braves on the ESPN-televised season opener, then went on the road.

      • presidentmiraflores - Sep 15, 2011 at 12:41 PM

        Okay, I can see then why they might want to start the season in Miami, but why not do so with a proper series instead? I’m not asking you to justify MLB’s silliness, just wondering why they made things needlessly complicated.

        Also, if I were a Marlins season ticket holder (if there is such a thing), and I was excited about the new park, a new season of futility, etc., I would be pretty disappointed to get one game at home and then have to wait more than a week for the team to return from the road. As opposed to, oh I don’t know, playing a full series or two at the new place before hitting the road.

        Again, Greg, this isn’t directed at you, but at MLB.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 15, 2011 at 1:01 PM

        Understood, and agreed.

  2. Steve A - Sep 15, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    There’s 7 months until this game is going to be played. MLB should be able to figure something out.

    Here’s one place that makes Opening Day a true civic event, and MLB jacks it all around because of a rule about one-game series and wanting to showcase the Miami Marlins for the crooked Loria. Of course, PR and tradition were never Selig’s strengths.

    • nategearhart - Sep 15, 2011 at 11:21 AM

      I saw that “Miami Marlins” too, and I laughed. Well, more of a chortle, really….

  3. bloogart7 - Sep 15, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Thanks for playing this one straight & not leveling any sneers at Cincinnati or Good Friday, Craig. I’m sincere–I think a lot of blogs, even reputable ones, would’ve taken a potshot or 2.

    Opening Day is a big stinking deal in my hometown. & so is Good Friday. There was a good CBSSports blog about this last night (though surprisingly not by C. Trent, who lives in Cincy) about how insanely predominately Catholic the city is. So this is bad news all around. On the bright side, I’m less pessimistic about a scheduling shift. The Reds did manage to move their first game in 2011 (originally slated for a Friday) to Thursday, so there’s a chance.

    • baccards - Sep 15, 2011 at 1:14 PM

      No potshot intended here, just a question. Had StL raised the objections to the schedule, how many Reds fans would call out the Cards for “whining” Whenever that organisation, including the players, bring forth a complaint it is referred to as whining.
      I happen to agree that MLB did a poor job here..and don’t consider any complaint pertaining to their decision as more than that..merely a difference of opinion and/or priorities.

  4. The Baseball Idiot - Sep 15, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Before the schedule is made each year, the teams present a list of dates and events for when they want to be out of town or at home. They do that exactly because of situations like this.

    So the first question is, did the Reds put down on their list of dates that they didn’t want to play on Good Friday? Or did they just assume that because they are the Reds that they get to open the season and this wouldn’t even come up?

    I agree that, because of tradition, they should. But it’s not a guarantee. Good Friday is also a Friday (yeah, duh, I know) and every team plays on Friday. If the Reds didn’t ask that Good Friday not be a home game, then they have no real expectation of that happening.

    • Steve A - Sep 15, 2011 at 11:49 AM

      As far as the “every team plays on Friday” part, the Tigers open on Thursday with Friday off (well, it’s a rain day for Opening Day, but still). Not every team will be playing Good Friday. It is a quirk in the schedule, though, as had Good Friday fallen later in the month, yes, all teams would be playing. This was a long-winded way of saying that Good Friday 2012 could have been avoided.

  5. natstowngreg - Sep 15, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Some traditions are good, some bad, some harmless. I’ve always thought opening the season in Cincinnati was a good one. So was having the President throw out the first pitch in Washington. Both traditions seem to have gone by the wayside. Presidents Bush the Younger and Obama have thrown out first pitches in DC, but they were the exceptions that prove the rule.

  6. birdman6824 - Sep 15, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    local TV station poll today :
    Does it matter if Opening Day is on Good Friday?

    46% yes, 54% no

  7. stlouis1baseball - Sep 15, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Looks like (yet again) the Redlegs get hosed by MLB to start the season. I don’t care if it is a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (Good Friday or not), or any other day of the week…they should absolutely be the 1st game of the season. You have the Redlegs host the 1st game (as they should every single year)…then follow with the Marlins game so they can showcase their stadium and the subsequent 65 people who attend from games 2 – 162.

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