Buy me some Sushi and Cracker Jacks!
Play Ball? Once again MLB executives prove that they might be the stupidest front office in all professional sports. Major League Baseball kicked off its 2012 season at 6:10 a.m. Eastern time, featuring a match-up of the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners in a game that was played in Tokyo, Japan. Brilliant Idea Guys! Lets start off the season by featuring a game that takes place between 3 in the morning and 6 in the morning for our American citizens. Also, lets not tell anyone about it! I didn’t read anything in the papers about it, didn’t really see it mentioned on television, nor did any of the many baseball fans I chat with have anything to say about it! Remember when Baseball was the National Pastime?
The NFL kicks off its regular season in a prime time spot on NBC, featuring the defending champs and another contender. They announced yesterday that the Giants and Cowboys would kick off the regular season this year. Look at the contrast there! Giants vs. Cowboys at 8:00 p.m, or Athletics and Mariners at 6:10 a.m. In that marketing decision alone, it is abundantly clear to see how the NFL has risen to the top of the American sports world, while MLB has been steadily declining.
I’ve tried to defend baseballs decision making over the years. I think baseball is the best sport on Earth. I love the idea of 162 games, a marathon style of a season. The ups and downs that inevitably take place make the World Series truly something that is earned. Baseball is everyday, so if my Yankees lose, I don’t have to wait very long until they get back out there. I feel robbed this year though. As a huge Yankee fan, and fantasy baseball player, I used to cherish my opening days. Looked forward to seeing baseball highlights on TV and getting to watch the game I love, the game that symbolizes spring has arrived. Now I will be excited for the Yanks to open up, and all 30 teams getting underway, but it is still hard to imagine that the 2012 baseball season has begun and I have not had the opportunity to view one pitch yet this year.
THE NFL plays a regular season game in the middle of the year in London. The NBA had their first regular season games on international soil this past year, as the Nets and Raptors played in Milan, also in the middle of the season. The NHL opened up in Europe this year, though since most of the NHL fans aren’t American, this is much more acceptable for the NHL. Even so, if MLB is taking their marketing advice from the NHL, they are in a whole lot of trouble regardless. Send the A’s and Mariners over to Japan later in the year, or have the defending World Series team go abroad to play exhibition games. There has to be a better solution that the commissioners office can come up with than shipping opening day overseas. MLB is killing baseball one dumb ass move at a time! Anyone else agree or even care at this point?