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PaleHoseGeorge
07-05-2004, 10:29 AM
Just like Memorial Day, today's national holiday has SIX American League teams taking the day off. And as before our Sox are one of the teams sitting it out. All six of these teams are done with their previous opponents and there is really no reason short of travel restrictions for letting them play Tuesday's game on Monday when attendance would be higher. Of course it's not like weekends and holiday represent any extra attendance and gate reciepts for the owners and players so what the hell.

I remember when Sundays and holidays meant doubleheaders in practically every ballpark. Now baseball doesn't even schedule one game. Go figure...

So here are the teams MLB and the MLBPA just couldn't figure out a way to have play on the 4th of July holiday. The gate receipt revenue is lost forever.

Seattle at Toronto. Having played in St. Louis yesterday, the Mariners have to make that grueling plane flight all the way to Canada to play the Blue Jays. Omigod, they have to clear customs, too! Pay them overtime! And since it is a national holiday in the United States, let's send one of the American teams to Canada to play a game where nobody has the day off either Monday or Tuesday. Geniuses... absolute genius...

Oakland at Boston. Don't you just love the idea that the cradle of the American Revolution has no baseball game for Independence Day until after everyone goes back to work? Yeah, it's the national pastime. MLB has the A's travelling coast to coast after playing the Giants Sunday.

Anaheim at White Sox. The Angels are flying from LA having played the Dodgers yesterday. The Sox of course have been in town since last Thursday. Let's schedule an exhibition game at the Cell vs. the Chicago Public League All-Stars.
:smile:

Oh, well... that just leaves us more time to ruminate about this past weekend's games, eh Sox Fans?

:)

viagracat
07-05-2004, 10:40 AM
MLB doesn't seem clear on the concept of Memorial Day baseball either; lots of teams are off that day too. How hard would it be to schedule a 4-game series starting on Friday on major holiday weekends (interleague games not included)? Then take Tuesday off. Why are Mondays so sacred? This is a carryover from the old days, when Sundays meant doubleheaders with the next day always a day off.

michned
07-05-2004, 10:51 AM
MLB doesn't seem clear on the concept of Memorial Day baseball either; lots of teams are off that day too. How hard would it be to schedule a 4-game series starting on Friday on major holiday weekends (interleague games not included)? Then take Tuesday off. Why are Mondays so sacred? This is a carryover from the old days, when Sundays meant doubleheaders with the next day always a day off.
I wonder if Selig has given an official explanation for this anomaly? Perhaps MLBPA has something to do with it? Why would any team want to give up the extra gate revenue from a holiday? I just hope there are more valid reasons than "travel difficulties."

Ed

SoxxoS
07-05-2004, 11:22 AM
I'm picking up on your sarcasm...:smile:

Lip Man 1
07-05-2004, 11:49 AM
They were talking about this and the way the interleague games were scheduled (Jays / Expos in Puerto Rico!) late last night on The Sporting News radio network. The host thought it was ridiculous.


Lip

hawkjt
07-05-2004, 12:06 PM
This adds to the total of 16 days off by all-star game vs 2 days off after allstar break. Makes a lot of sense right. The second half grind will be a huge hurdle to overcome.

Mohoney
07-05-2004, 01:07 PM
I, for one, am glad this team is off today. We can recharge the battery a little heading into this homestand.

doublem23
07-06-2004, 12:14 AM
I, for one, am glad this team is off today. We can recharge the battery a little heading into this homestand.
I think we just need to get back in the good ol' AL.

Kogs35
07-06-2004, 12:21 AM
I think we just need to get back in the good ol' AL.
agreed.

soxrme
07-06-2004, 06:30 AM
Seems to me the team took the 3 days before off also.

rwcescato
07-06-2004, 07:57 AM
Just like Memorial Day, today's national holiday has SIX American League teams taking the day off. And as before our Sox are one of the teams sitting it out. All six of these teams are done with their previous opponents and there is really no reason short of travel restrictions for letting them play Tuesday's game on Monday when attendance would be higher. Of course it's not like weekends and holiday represent any extra attendance and gate reciepts for the owners and players so what the hell.

I remember when Sundays and holidays meant doubleheaders in practically every ballpark. Now baseball doesn't even schedule one game. Go figure...

So here are the teams MLB and the MLBPA just couldn't figure out a way to have play on the 4th of July holiday. The gate receipt revenue is lost forever.

Seattle at Toronto. Having played in St. Louis yesterday, the Mariners have to make that grueling plane flight all the way to Canada to play the Blue Jays. Omigod, they have to clear customs, too! Pay them overtime! And since it is a national holiday in the United States, let's send one of the American teams to Canada to play a game where nobody has the day off either Monday or Tuesday. Geniuses... absolute genius...

Oakland at Boston. Don't you just love the idea that the cradle of the American Revolution has no baseball game for Independence Day until after everyone goes back to work? Yeah, it's the national pastime. MLB has the A's travelling coast to coast after playing the Giants Sunday.

Anaheim at White Sox. The Angels are flying from LA having played the Dodgers yesterday. The Sox of course have been in town since last Thursday. Let's schedule an exhibition game at the Cell vs. the Chicago Public League All-Stars.
:smile:

Oh, well... that just leaves us more time to ruminate about this past weekend's games, eh Sox Fans?

:)
What I fear is the tough schedule the Sox have in August and
september. The Sox have had so many days off they will have a lot of games to play down the stretch. I have never seen this team have so many Mondays off. Its seems like every Monday they are off. Because of the rainout with Philly they now have to play 27 games in a row. They are going to need a 6 man rotation in August. Mercy!!
Rich

hose
07-06-2004, 04:30 PM
If it is any consolation the Sox are off on Bastille Day also.:rolleyes:

steff
07-06-2004, 04:41 PM
I wonder if Selig has given an official explanation for this anomaly? Perhaps MLBPA has something to do with it? Why would any team want to give up the extra gate revenue from a holiday? I just hope there are more valid reasons than "travel difficulties."

Ed

The schedules are made by a computer program. Perhaps that needs to be altered.

PaleHoseGeorge
07-06-2004, 04:58 PM
If it is any consolation the Sox are off on Bastille Day also.:rolleyes:
Darn! I was hoping to get a Jacques Chirac bobblehead.

:party:

RKMeibalane
07-06-2004, 05:08 PM
Darn! I was hoping to get a Jacques Chirac bobblehead.

:party:
LMAO!

hose
07-06-2004, 05:19 PM
Darn! I was hoping to get a Jacques Chirac bobblehead.

:party:

LOL!!!

Who knows, may be that is where the concept of bobbleheads originated from. Somebody had to figure out what to do with all the heads laying around the guillotine:rolleyes: .