On Rhythm

Baseball is a sport of rhythms and routines, for fans and players alike. Those who don’t know it claim it’s soporific, and sometimes it is, but for the rest of us who care, we know to cherish its repetitive quotidian pleasures. Our own internal clocks are set by the baseball gods. Those gods haven’t been too friendly to the Yankees this year, and while this has been no excuse for the less-than-thrilling start, it has been somewhat of a frustration, especially for the fan. Consider a few facts: No team has played fewer games than the Yanks, who have already had five off days. This is the result of so much play on the road: A West Coast swing to start the season, then to the Midwest for another 3, then to Canada for a short series. (No other team has played as many on the road.) With the various home openers and special promotion days that come with the beginning of the season, they’ve played a host of day games. What time is the Yankee game? We’ve had starts this year at 12:30, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 8:00, and 10:00. It’s hard to keep track. So we welcome their return home today. The next week is the kind that we can set our watches to. Weekday games at 7:00. The weekend starts at 1:00. As it should be.

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  • As an east coast person transplanted to the Oregon ten years ago, I can say that I do enjoy being able to catch the 7:05 west coast games without having to watch past one in the morning.
    To help me keep track of the game times, I wrote an .ics calendar for the 2006 NYY schedule to localize to whatever time zone I am in. I used MLB team abbreviations so it fits on cell phone calendar displays. On my phone, it looks something like:
    NYY @ OAK
    4:05pm
    I update the schedule with scores every few days after the games, whereupon past games read as:
    NYY 15 @ OAK 2
    Schedule is current as of today, with a few TBD start times later in the season, set for a reasonable guess for now.
    Ballpark/City/State is set in the location field. If it’s a FOX/ESPN/ESPN2 game, it is in the Notes. If it’s on another network, it isn’t. When I coded the calendar, I set the times as GMT/UTC. I still have the code I used to generate the original calendar and want to do the Red Sox (for me), Cubs (for my cursed best friend, dammit D. Lee, get out of the way!), Tigers (for my s.o.) and Mariners (regional loyalty) but have been too busy to compile the data.
    If you are interested, you can subscribe to it or download it.
    I maintain it on iCal on an apple and have tested the subscriptions on a couple of linux and windows workstaton calendar clients (evolution, sunbird/mozilla, etc.)
    Hope it’s useful to someone else, I enjoy having it.
    Regards,
    Michael

    attackgerbil April 21, 2006, 1:04 pm
  • Michael: that’s fantastic. thanks!

    YF April 21, 2006, 1:27 pm
  • (ps: michael: can you send us an email at yanksfansoxfan@hotmail.com)? thanks!

    YF April 21, 2006, 1:28 pm
  • YF – you’re more than welcome. It was fun to make, and even more fun to have. Though there is a serious downside. On more than one occassion I have stopped doing something productive and/or profitable and headed to the nearest satellite-carrying bar because my phone beeps and reminds it’s 15 minutes to game time.
    Oops.. signed my real name. The attackgerbil secret identity has been comprimised.

    attackgerbil April 21, 2006, 1:34 pm
  • Like I’ve said before: The Red Sox are 5-1 on the road.
    So for Yankee fans to use their schedule as an excuse for their performance so far doesn’t cut much mustard.

    Hudson April 21, 2006, 1:36 pm
  • Hudson, wrong thread to make those comments. YF actually says “and while this has been no excuse for the less-than-thrilling start, it has been somewhat of a frustration, especially for the fan”. It’s a post about how frustrating it has been for east coast Yanks fan trying to keep up with their team.

    NickYF April 21, 2006, 1:42 pm
  • >” this has been no excuse for the less-than-thrilling start”
    Read the post, Hudson.

    YF April 21, 2006, 1:43 pm
  • this has been no excuse for the less-than-thrilling start

    Sounds like you agree with YF, Hudson. The first series of the season against the A’s was a blast for me, event though Oakland took 2 out of 3, because it was in my time zone and a very good friend of mine is a die-hard A’s fan. We had some great arguments; fortunately for me, we only bet on the opener. (He buys us a round of golf and all assorted adult beverages.)
    I know I am looking forward to watching some games played at Yankee Stadium, especially now that the Voice of God is readying to return.

    attackgerbil April 21, 2006, 1:47 pm
  • It’ll be interesting to see how the yankees do back home. I hate them, but even I know they aren’t going to finish with a .500 record, unless they’re hit by a massive amount of injuries. And while I definitely don’t root for the yankees I never root for anyone to get injured.
    Benson V. Wang tonight, and Burnett V. Beckett. Should be a fun night.

    mattymatty April 21, 2006, 2:05 pm
  • I think there has only been one 7pm start so far this year. I am tearing my hair out. I finally subscribed to the cable package in Boston to get all the games, and they almost all been 1,2 or 10 oclock games. Thankfully things return to normal this weekend. And finally the Yanks should be able to get into some sort of rythym for the rest of the season.

    NYYFan in Boston April 21, 2006, 2:42 pm
  • Okay, in the interest of fair and balanced blah blah yadda I built an .ics calendar for Boston as well, same format as the one above for New York. Can’t say I will enjoy updating it nearly as much though.
    Anway, you can subcribe to it or download it.
    I feel unclean.
    Regards,
    ag

    attackgerbil April 21, 2006, 3:48 pm

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