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edit: There are no AL West teams at all. Not even the Astros!
Someday we will find a cure for TBD.
April 27 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at New York Yankees telecast presented by Taco Bell
Wow, they're such a big draw, they opened up the season on national TV last year!
The interesting one is the Orioles/Red Sox on April 20th. That’s Marathon weekend and the teams are scheduled to play at 11AM the next morning. Yeah they bumped the game up an hour but it seems kind of silly to schedule a night game before the only morning start in MLB the next day.
5 involving either the Yankees or Red Sox. I can't imagine why people would think ESPN had a bias there.
Good catch. There will be some serious kvetching about this in due course -- Buck Showalter will almost certainly lead the chorus -- and rightfully so.
I can't speak for the playoff-missing losers on your list, but the latter team is the defending world champs, so it's understandable they'd warrant some extra national looks.
10 announced games. 5 involving either the Yankees or Red Sox. I can't imagine why people would think ESPN had a bias there.
ESPN had a bias there.
5 games involving the Cardinals /Dodgers also.....Not so sure it's bias as much as it's the teams with the best chance of being relevant in 2014.
Especially since his team will be so thoroughly disadvantaged by this scheduling quirk. Oh wait, no it won't.
It inconveniences both teams, SoSH, albeit the road team a little more.
Aren't most day games preceded by a night game anyway?
But it won't amount to anything in the grand scheme of things for the O's or Sox in 2014.
Sure, it's inconvenient and a general pain in the ass and should have been avoided, it's just not a problem from a competitive standpoint. They'll both be playing late into the night, then both will have to play again early the next day. I don't see how either team has some kind of edge over the other, which is ultimately what matters.
Of course I never said that. However, sleeping in a hotel room and needing to pack for the next day -- in contrast, the Sox remain in Boston to host the Yankees on Tuesday -- is less convenient than crashing in your own bed. Again, the difference is minor, but real.
On the plus side, would be a fun (but expensive) weekend for the far-flung fans: go to the Sunday night game, stay in the city, go to the morning game, experience the excitement of the marathon.
For sure it's all about the ratings for ESPN. I can see the Sox, Yanks, and Dodgers, but are the Cards really a big draw for our viewing eyeballs? I guess so.
But this time leave the backpacks at the hotel
Meaning "leave them in the hotel room and don't leave them on the ground at the marathon route, people are going to freak out", not "blow up the hotel this time".
EDIT: Or possibly "don't bother even bringing it to the marathon, security might not even let you within a mile of the route with a backpack".
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