Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Quick Thoughts On The Tentative 2009 Schedule
Looking through the tentative 2009 Schedule for Our Washington Nationals released today by Major League Baseball.
Home Opening Day (or the lack their of), Last Game of The Season and Major Holiday's stand out.
Like virtually none of these set dates shown will include a Home Game on South Capitol Street.
Opening Day at The Florida Marlins.
So why No Last Game of the Season at Nationals Park? Instead, finishing the season at Turner Field in Atlanta.
No Memorial Day--At Citi Field in Queens.
No Mother's Day--in Phoenix at Chase Field.
Father's Day--Finally a WINNER!! At Home Versus The Toronto Blue Jays.
July 4th!!--WINNER!! At Home to celebrate America's Birthday (rightfully so) versus The Atlanta Braves.
Labor Day--September 7th--NO SCHEDULED GAME!!!?? Say What?
Very odd if you ask me, which MLB obviously didn't. But Opening Day, Memorial Day and July 4th are NO BRAINERS for home games in The Nation's Capital. Major League Baseball can come up with whatever excuses they wish to claim by saying they are attempting to be fair to all 30 teams. But, why should they?
Washington, DC deserves To HOST Major League Baseball featuring Our Washington Nationals on all three of those dates. Every single year--without a a doubt.
Come on Major League Baseball--show some backbone and good will toward Our Nation's Capital. Reschedule those dates to DC for Our Washington Nationals. Nothing else is acceptable.
PS--Other notes about the schedule.
Red Sox Nation will invade South Capitol Street during a mid-week series, June 23, 24, & 25. If MLB schedules those games at 2AM each morning--they are still going to sell out.
Washington takes it first swings at New Yankee Stadium in The Bronx one week before The Red Sox come to DC. Three mid-week dates set for June 16, 17, & 18.
Sohna and I always appreciate when Washington plays at Gorgeous PNC Park on a weekend. That's again the case in 2009. July 31st, August 1st and August 2nd. Bet on it, we will be there.
Just like at Camden Yards for The Baltimore Orioles weekend series directly following Boston's Visit to Nationals Park. June 26, 27 & 28. The AngelO's coming to Washington for three game set beginning May 22nd.
Cubbies coming in for four games--over an extended weekend beginning July 16th. That series is going to draw huge. Between The Chicago Cubs and Red Sox seven games--there is a distinct possibility all those games will sell out. A capacity crowd which I believe was only reached on Opening Night and when The Orioles came to Washington this past June.
Oddly--just like this year with The San Diego Padres, The Los Angeles Dodgers will come to Nationals Park during the last weekend of the 2009 home schedule. Very strange, considering the impact late games can have within your own division for playoff positioning at that time. You would think teams would rather control their own destiny. Control which an NL East and NL West team have less of--playing 3000 miles away from home in the season's final days.