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mike squires
04-05-2006, 12:07 PM
I thought the Reds always opened the season before anyone else. This year it was the Sox. Is this the first year this has not happened?

Ol' No. 2
04-05-2006, 12:09 PM
I thought the Reds always opened the season before anyone else. This year it was the Sox. Is this the first year this has not happened?Last year it was the Red Sox and Yankees. It think it's been at least a few years since they abandoned that tradition, but I'm not sure exactly when.

Hangar18
04-05-2006, 12:10 PM
I thought the Reds always opened the season before anyone else. This year it was the Sox. Is this the first year this has not happened?

The Reds this year decided to be the last team to show up for 2006, evidenced by the way they are laying down

Baby Fisk
04-05-2006, 12:13 PM
Two years ago, it was the Yankees and Devil Rays in Japan. I think once MLB came to the conclusion that Opening Night Sunday can be a big commercial extravaganza, small market Cincy got shunted aside. Shocking, isn't it?

It's good that they got rid of the lame "Opening Homestand" hat logos that every team had to wear last season. Those were truly lame.

samram
04-05-2006, 12:17 PM
Two years ago, it was the Yankees and Devil Rays in Japan. I think once MLB came to the conclusion that Opening Night Sunday can be a big commercial extravaganza, small market Cincy got shunted aside. Shocking, isn't it?

It's good that they got rid of the lame "Opening Homestand" hat logos that every team had to wear last season. Those were truly lame.

It doesn't help that Cincy has sucked for the last five seasons.

Lip Man 1
04-05-2006, 12:40 PM
Since ESPN began showing MLB they have insisted on a Sunday Night Game to kick off the season and potentially give themselves higher ratings. Naturally MLB caved in to the demand.

Lip

palehozenychicty
04-05-2006, 01:04 PM
A good cue that they should continue a.la NFL is open with the defending champion at home. Then again, MLB has such keen vision.

fquaye149
04-06-2006, 12:48 AM
The Reds this year decided to be the last team to show up for 2006, evidenced by the way they are laying down

:rolleyes:any team that loses a single game to the cubs is an enemy of hangar's

nasox
04-06-2006, 08:28 AM
:rolleyes:any team that loses a single game to the cubs is an enemy of hangar's

Then one of hangar's enemies is the White Sox (they did lose a few games to the Cubs in history).

Fenway
04-06-2006, 10:40 AM
Last year it was the Red Sox and Yankees. It think it's been at least a few years since they abandoned that tradition, but I'm not sure exactly when.

People in Cincinnati told me that MLB got away from the Reds starting the season because Selig wanted to punish Marge Schott. The way she reacted after the umpire dropped dead at the plate on Opening Day was the last straw.

fquaye149
04-06-2006, 10:55 AM
Then one of hangar's enemies is the White Sox (they did lose a few games to the Cubs in history).

Hangar's enemy is the White Sox? You mean the team owned by Reinsdorf? The team too cheap to keep Carlos Lee or resign Maggs?

NEVER!

chisoxfanatic
04-06-2006, 12:00 PM
Hangar's enemy is the White Sox?

Hangar's enemy is Jermaine Dye! :tongue:

viagracat
04-06-2006, 12:07 PM
People in Cincinnati told me that MLB got away from the Reds starting the season because Selig wanted to punish Marge Schott. The way she reacted after the umpire dropped dead at the plate on Opening Day was the last straw.

Interesting...

I know that Cincinnati was MLB's first franchise, chartered in 1869 as the "Cincinnati Red Stockings" and that was why they always got the opener, but I agree with a lot of the posters in this thread, between Schott, the fact they're a small-market team that lately has been nothing special, and maybe that they're a Northern team with the potential for bad weather, times change.

Jerko
04-06-2006, 12:10 PM
Since ESPN began showing MLB they have insisted on a Sunday Night Game to kick off the season and potentially give themselves higher ratings. Naturally MLB caved in to the demand.

Lip

No, not the integrity filled MLB? Giving up tradition for money???? That's why I get sick of people saying the DH is bad because it belies "tradition". Tradition doesn't seem to matter when it comes to $$$$. Then they have the nerve to say "Bush throws out first pitch of 2006 season". Uh, that wasn't even the first game THAT DAY, let alone the season. We're not all stupid, MLB. We know that wasn't the first game, but to keep the TRADITION of Cincinnati having the first game alive, they flat out lie to the masses.

viagracat
04-06-2006, 12:13 PM
No, not the integrity filled MLB? Giving up tradition for money???? That's why I get sick of people saying the DH is bad because it belies "tradition". Tradition doesn't seem to matter when it comes to $$$$. Then they have the nerve to say "Bush throws out first pitch of 2006 season". Uh, that wasn't even the first game THAT DAY, let alone the season. We're not all stupid, MLB. We know that wasn't the first game, but to keep the TRADITION of Cincinnati having the first game alive, they flat out lie to the masses.

The only baseball tradition worth keeping is the Cubs screwing up every year...:bandance:

Ol' No. 2
04-06-2006, 12:14 PM
People in Cincinnati told me that MLB got away from the Reds starting the season because Selig wanted to punish Marge Schott. The way she reacted after the umpire dropped dead at the plate on Opening Day was the last straw.Schott was forced to sell in 1999. I'm pretty sure the tradition of the Reds starting first continued for at least a few years after that.

Railsplitter
04-07-2006, 12:55 PM
ESPN gets an extra Sunday game out of it.