Last week, the Indians and Rangers opened a series on a Monday, took Tuesday off, and resumed Wednesday.
This week, the Dodgers and Giants are doing the same thing. So are the Mets and Padres.
Can somebody please explain this? Am I way late in noticing the pattern/complaining about it? Seriously. Existentially threatening questions like this are why I blog.
Scott explains in comments:
It has to do with the sanctity of Opening Day as an event. Having a day off after a home opener gives the opportunity to push things back a day for weather reasons, and that is a big deal with all of the special events and ticket holders. Why they would bother doing that in LA or other non cold weather cities, though, is quite odd.
That makes sense –Opening Day ticketholders don’t want to miss out on the festivities in case of bad weather in badweather locations. But it doesn’t tell me why the Padres would have a game scheduled the day after their home opener, but not the Dodgers. Then again, it’s pretty clear that I’m no expert on the schedule making process. There are a lot of numbers to align and it’s obviously an imperfect process by nature; maybe this is just a little blemish they thought they could hide behind the curtain of tradition.
Also goes to show that on matters of rain delays, people who grew up in Southern California are not to be trusted.