Shocker! MLB Does Something Right

Here are the game times for the AL playoff series:

LAA @ BOS Wed. Oct. 3, 6:30 PM
LAA @ BOS Fri. Oct. 5, 8:30 PM
BOS @ LAA Sun. Oct. 7, 3 PM
BOS @ LAA Mon. Oct. 8, 9:30 PM*
LAA @ BOS Wed. Oct. 10, 8:30 PM*

NYY @ CLE Thu. Oct. 4, 6:30 PM
NYY @ CLE Fri. Oct. 5, 5 PM
CLE @ NYY Sun. Oct. 7, 6:30 PM
CLE @ NYY Mon. Oct. 8, 6 PM*
NYY @ CLE Wed. Oct. 10, 5 PM*
* If nec.

As has been widely noted, the start times are a couple hours earlier than standard. Amazingly, there’s been a lot of carping about this on message boards. I think it’s fantastic. No longer will baseball be losing its young audience to bedtimes as games run deep into the night (and when they do, it will be even more special). Just as good, us die-hards get our lives back a bit. One of the problems I have with October, is it seems an entire month of socializing is lost to baseball. But look at that Friday start time. Five o’clock! We can watch the game, and still make plans for a late-ish dinner with friends. Best of both worlds. Thanks Bud!

20 comments… add one

  • 830pm in Boston Friday, 930pm in Cali Monday, an 830 start in Boston on Wednesday? Come on, this is a good schedule? Those Friday and Wednesday games might be over at 1230am, the Monday game at 130am, rendering them mostly unwatchable for someone like me (and many other parents with kids, or kids themselves). Screw MLB. These games should be be played while the sun is shining.

    SF October 3, 2007, 9:00 am
  • BOS @ LAA Sun. Oct. 7, 3 PM
    Is that EST?

    John - YF (Trisk) October 3, 2007, 9:00 am
  • Actually, it’s not insane. They’re on the coast. It’s not ideal. But I think if they’re not going to play during the day for financial reasons (and during the week, i think day games are not a great idea), then this is an improvement over previous 10 o’clock or later starts. They’re moving in the right direction.

    YF October 3, 2007, 9:07 am
  • I don’t see how that’s possible SF without playing games at the same time and MLB is never going to do that. Look at the poor National League, there game times really suck, lots of 3PM and 10PM.

    LocklandSF October 3, 2007, 9:07 am
  • They could have swapped one of the Yanks/Sox games, just one. That would add one more afternoon game (to West Coasters). That would have been a decent compromise, from my standpoint.

    SF October 3, 2007, 9:19 am
  • Actually, it’s not insane.
    Never said it was insane, just not good. I totally understand why they did it, I am not naive. I don’t like it, though, and that’s defensible: I won’t really be able to watch the games because of the schedule in order to remain a functional parent.
    Am I allowed to be annoyed, YF?

    SF October 3, 2007, 9:21 am
  • Good Morning, boys!

    Brad October 3, 2007, 9:27 am
  • I see your point SF. I would be pissed if 3 of 5 games were going to end at midnight or later. I truly don’t understand why the games can’t overlap. They owe it to the true fans of these teams to put the games on at decent times.

    John - YF (Trisk) October 3, 2007, 9:27 am
  • SF: wasn’t calling you insane. after reading your comment, i posted a comment agreeing, “that’s insane.” i pushed post. it went up. then i looked at what i was saying, wrote the comment you still see “actually that’s not insane” and erased (ha!) my stupid original insane comment. so i was actually criticizing myself, not you, though i do disagree with you, though your points are well taken. sorry for the confusion! won’t do that again….

    YF October 3, 2007, 9:33 am
  • YF, clearing up confusion with an equally confusing post. Bravo.

    LocklandSF October 3, 2007, 9:48 am
  • C’mon, you just *know* the Sox and Yanx are going to have several six-hour games in the ALCS.

    Hudson October 3, 2007, 10:06 am
  • God I hope not Hudson, that would kill me.

    LocklandSF October 3, 2007, 10:13 am
  • That’s what’s great about the Central time zone. EVERYTHING’s an hour earlier!

    Paul SF October 3, 2007, 10:15 am
  • Paul, I noticed that during my week stay in Houston. I kept on missing the Daily Show as a result.

    Nick-YF October 3, 2007, 10:19 am
  • No longer will baseball be losing its young audience to bedtimes as games run deep into the night (and when they do, it will be even more special).
    Actually, three of the five games in the Angels/Sox series fit this bill, including both games four and five. So a dramatic game five will be off-limits to the young’uns, for the most part. As would an elimination game four. Good work, MLB.

    SF October 3, 2007, 10:23 am
  • I kept on missing the Daily Show as a result.
    Yeah, it took a bit of adjustment for me when I first moved down here. Now it’s a matter of habit to automatically subtract an hour from whatever time is given on national broadcasts. Which really screws me up when I go back to New England.

    Paul SF October 3, 2007, 10:25 am
  • My dad would always allow me to stay up late for big games, but just the really big ones, if it wasn’t a HUGE game, he would simply ignore the radio and headphones stashed under my pillow. This took a considerable amount of effort on my father’s part to convince my mother that this was necessary.

    LocklandSF October 3, 2007, 10:29 am
  • Actually, three of the five games in the Angels/Sox series fit this bill, including both games four and five. So a dramatic game five will be off-limits to the young’uns, for the most part. As would an elimination game four. Good work, MLB.
    not for those on the west coast. the time difference and weekday schedule is a tough nut for mlb to crack. i can see putting one of those games in the day, but….
    look. this situation isn’t ideal. but it’s BETTER than before. they’re rolling back the times, at least a little bit. it’s progress.

    YF October 3, 2007, 10:34 am
  • Yeah, I really don’t see a better way to do it. The fact is, there is no way to do it without screwing some fan base. At least they are screwing the national league more.

    LocklandSF October 3, 2007, 10:38 am
  • Yes, the NL gets the worst of it, but the Phils are the only team of that group in EST. So it’s not as bad as it initially looks.

    YF October 3, 2007, 10:53 am

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