Red Sox Chick/Toeing the Rubber

Because you always need a backup plan

Lunchtime baseball

Happy 36th Birthday, Matt Clement, wherever you are!*  (Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor/ and used with permission)

Happy 36th Birthday, Matt Clement, wherever you are!* (Photo courtesy of Kelly O'Connor/ and used with permission)

Know what I love?  Afternoon baseball.  Baseball was definitely made for a sunny, summer afternoon.  But we almost never get it.  Oh we get Sunday afternoons unless ESPN steals them away from us and we get the occasional Thursday travel day 2pm game but never real afternoon baseball on a regular basis.  In an effort to remind us of this, MLB has scheduled today’s Sox/Blue Jays finale for 12:37pm.  I’m torn between being pleased to watch the game in the afternoon and being reminded that, were I working a full-time job away from home, I wouldn’t be able to see the game.  12:30 just seems so early.  Sure it isn’t Patriots’ Day early, but early nonetheless.

I suppose the idea is that the Blue Jays need all the free time they can get to make the trip from Toronto to California for their weekend trip against the Angels.  And getting to Texas a bit early can’t hurt the Sox either.  It just seems an odd time to schedule a baseball game in August.

This roadtrip has been pleasing thus far, yes?  Two out of four against the Yanks followed by two against the Blue Jays with the possibility of a sweep today.  Regardless of how many want to bury them, our Sox aren’t dead yet.

Often when the Sox are struggling, I look around the league and find a team that makes me say “At least we aren’t [insert team name here] fans”.  Even with the Sox doing, relatively, well, we have that team today.  I know I could handle the Sox not being in he playoffs a lot more than I could handle, say, Jonathan Papelbon getting arrested or Jon Lester being accused of rape. Stay strong, Mets fans, because things have to look up at some point.

Watching both the Yankees and the Rays play lately, one word comes to mind:  Touchable.

*Last year Clement was hired as the basketball coach at Butler High School in Pennsylvania.


August 12, 2010 - Posted by | 2010 | , ,


  1. As far as I know, teams set their own game times. MLB decides it for playoff games, and ESPN/Fox can hijack Sun/Sat games (and other games then have to avoid their time windows), but I’m pretty sure the teams can start games whenever they want. There have been press releases for things like the Red Sox switching weeknight games from 7:05 to 7:10, telling us THEY have added more weekday afternoon games a few ears ago (which they didn’t really stick to), and the Sox changing game times when there’s a big Celts game at the same time. Also controversies about one team not doing a getaway day matinee so they can get the prime time draw and therefore screwing the visitors have come up. Also things like the White Sox starting at 7:11 and the Cubs playing a lot of day games for tradition’s sake point to this. If MLB decided, every game would be at the same time, but the teams have different starting times.

    Comment by jere | August 12, 2010 | Reply

  2. Home in time for the 9th. Sorry for the jinx…..slinks away.

    Comment by Dewey | August 12, 2010 | Reply

  3. When your father and I were dating we tried to never miss a Sox home game. Maybe I’m just not remembering right, but it seemed we took an awful lot of afternoons off work and went to the game, but even the night games, quite a few were twi-night double headers that started at 4:00 and you got to watch 2 games.


    Comment by noni | August 16, 2010 | Reply

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