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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WashPost: New pitch would make baseball’s opener a holiday

The following question came before the American body politic Tuesday: Should Congress designate baseball’s opening day as a federal holiday?

To which fans responded: You mean it’s not?

The first day of the baseball season is already a day of mass miracles, when hundreds of thousands of invalids who call in sick at 8:30 a.m. are healed in time to be at the ballpark by the first pitch at 1:05 p.m. Maybe it should be a religious holiday….

Like many great ideas, the movement to create Opening Day Day seems to have been hatched over a beer. Or rather, a beer company. Budweiser — which is now owned by a corporation in Belgium, where they play soccer, not baseball — launched a petition drive and advertising campaign using Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith as a pitchman….

 

1:05 PM????  The first pitch this year will be thrown at 5:05 in the morning by a cartoon kangaroo.

Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: February 26, 2014 at 09:14 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: February 26, 2014 at 11:09 AM (#4662781)
When I was a kid growing up in North Carolina in the late 1970s and 1980s, the opening Friday of the ACC Tournament was a de facto holiday. Starting with the first tip off at noon, pretty much every teacher would at least allow one student to sit in the corner with a little radio and give periodic updates ("Wake Forest is beating Clemson by 10!"). A lot of times you'd just listen to the games, and a few teachers who'd thought ahead would have reserved one of the two or three TVs that the school had on hand. I think that it was generally accepted that if you didn't do this then kids just wouldn't come to school that Friday. So at least this way you got to try to teach them something before up until noon.

That's the sort of Opening Day holiday that baseball should be aiming for -- make is such a big ####### deal that everyone turns it into a holiday without having to get Johnny Law or a multinational beer company involved.
   2. The District Attorney Posted: February 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM (#4662791)
New ad campaign would keep a demographic group more likely to drink beer aware of a beer they could be drinking
   3. Swedish Chef Posted: February 26, 2014 at 11:27 AM (#4662800)
Any event with Björn Borg and Ingmar Stenmark used to be like that in Sweden.
   4. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: February 26, 2014 at 11:34 AM (#4662810)
When I was a kid in North Augusta, SC, it always seemed like we got spring break timed with the Masters golf tournament.
   5. valuearbitrageur Posted: February 26, 2014 at 12:23 PM (#4662852)
More holidays, yea!

I mean we are already wealthy enough right? Budgets balanced, poverty defeated. Why work?
   6. Lassus Posted: February 26, 2014 at 12:54 PM (#4662887)
Trade this one for that idiot Presidents' Day.
   7. Chone Mueller Posted: February 26, 2014 at 01:00 PM (#4662895)
I protest! I take a vacation day every year for opening day so I can have the house to myself and do nothing but watch baseball on TV. Let everyone off work and out of school that day and it's ruined.
   8. cardsfanboy Posted: February 26, 2014 at 01:27 PM (#4662919)
That's the sort of Opening Day holiday that baseball should be aiming for -- make is such a big ####### deal that everyone turns it into a holiday without having to get Johnny Law or a multinational beer company involved.


That is the way it is in St Louis.

   9. Karl from NY Posted: February 26, 2014 at 01:35 PM (#4662927)
Why in the world isn't Opening Day just on a weekend, though? Every other sport from the Super Bowl to Daytona to the Olympics puts its biggest showpieces on weekends.
   10. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 26, 2014 at 01:49 PM (#4662951)
Why in the world isn't Opening Day just on a weekend, though? Every other sport from the Super Bowl to Daytona to the Olympics puts its biggest showpieces on weekends.

To get a full house on what would be on of your worst attendance days, April mid-week.
   11. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: February 26, 2014 at 02:06 PM (#4662979)

That's the sort of Opening Day holiday that baseball should be aiming for -- make is such a big ####### deal that everyone turns it into a holiday without having to get Johnny Law or a multinational beer company involved.


Anything organic and spontaneous and fun is eventually going to get captured and monetized and ruined by marketing staffs and corporations.
   12. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: February 26, 2014 at 02:12 PM (#4662989)
Eh but on the plus side there marketing something worthwhile baseball!
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 26, 2014 at 02:14 PM (#4662995)
Why in the world isn't Opening Day just on a weekend, though? Every other sport from the Super Bowl to Daytona to the Olympics puts its biggest showpieces on weekends.


I love that its not. This, and the NCAA tourney are kinda fun to sneak off from work to enjoy.

A more pressing concern is - why isn't Election Day a federal holiday?
   14. John DiFool2 Posted: February 26, 2014 at 02:22 PM (#4663002)
Thought this would be about someone inventing a new pitch. Is it possible an effective pitch is out there in the aether just waiting to be found, or is the sport now too "mature" for any remaining innovations of that sort to be discovered?
   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 26, 2014 at 02:24 PM (#4663008)
GYROBALL
   16. boteman Posted: February 26, 2014 at 02:30 PM (#4663015)
Post #7 gets +1000 in my book. Opening Day is the kind of "me time" where the cleanup doesn't involve bodily fluids.
   17. The District Attorney Posted: February 26, 2014 at 02:34 PM (#4663021)
Neyer's prediction that R.A. Dickey's "hard knuckler" would change the game also isn't looking too great. (Or, at least, had one out of two off-years -- Dickey's career obviously is not over yet.)

But sure, it's overwhelmingly likely that a new pitch will eventually be developed. Insert story of the guy who wanted to close the Patent Office because everything had been invented. And even if there were nothing else to do at this very moment, things change as time goes on -- the composition of the ball may be altered, the growth of pitchers' hands/fingers relative to the ball may allow for new techniques, etc.
   18. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 26, 2014 at 02:44 PM (#4663031)
Bart: I just think our veterans deserve a little recognition.
Lisa: That's what Veterans Day is for, Bart.
Bart: But is that really enough to honor our brave soldiers?
Lisa: They also have Memorial Day!
Bart: Oh, Lisa, maybe you're right, maybe you're wrong, the important thing is that veterans deserve a day to honor them!
Lisa: They have two!
Bart: Well, maybe they should have three. I'm Bart Simpson.
   19. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: February 26, 2014 at 04:14 PM (#4663093)
Anything organic and spontaneous and fun is eventually going to get captured and monetized and ruined by marketing staffs and corporations.

Oh, sure. But the thing should have a moment of organic, spontaneous fun before it gets captured by the marketers. This proposed holiday is putting the marketing cart before the horse of fun.

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