Seventh-inning stretch

Stretch time in the A’s opener, and that takes on added meaning when it takes place at 5:26 a.m. Imagine quite a few folks are waking up and stretching right about now.

Anyway, this seems a good time to address the subject of starting the season in Japan. Bud Selig served up his usual blather earlier this morning, lauding the internationalization of the game, its popularity, blah, blah, blah. And he has a point.

That said, I’m not crazy about the season starting overseas. I don’t see the trend stopping, because there’s no other time to play such contests — middle of the season doesn’t work — and in a world that’s growing smaller and smaller, for a giant corporation like Major League Baseball to ignore potential growth revenues around the globe would be ludicrous.

If it means the die-hard fan has to get up at 3 a.m. to watch the game live, so be it. If not, well, the games are on tape delayed, and it’s easy to avoid a result if you really want to. Can’t really schedule the games to be played in prime time in the U.S., because then you’re playing in the middle of the night over in Japan.

All in all, it’s a necessary evil. Don’t have to be crazy about it — and again, I’m not — but it’s not going away.


  • diamond jim

    It’s a 14-hour time difference, right? Why not schedule a noon game, that makes it 8 p.m. Pacific, 11 p.m. Eastern, and much more realistic for American fans to watch and still puts it at a descent time for the Japanese fans.