RealClearSports
Advertisement

Opening MLB Season in Japan Makes No Sense

AP Photo

This is how your 2012 big league season begins: In the middle of the night on a Wednesday in March, thousands of miles away, in a game between two bad teams playing in a dome, on fake grass, before a crowd that couldn't care less. It's a far cry from the traditional day game in Cincinnati, a tradition that went away so long ago it's almost embarrassing to admit to remembering it.

 

But there's marketing and merchandising to be done, which apparently means Japan, and definitely means this year's Opening Day is more like Opening Morning, with the Mariners and A's, no less. If that isn't enough to get you out of bed to celebrate the late innings with cereal and beer -- oatmeal pairs well with a nice oatmeal stout -- then there's not much we can do for you at this...

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

Just Another Dramatic Win for A's

Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle - September 30, 2012

Players come and go this year, or they change positions or roles, but one thing the A's never vary is their flair for the dramatic. With Oakland down by two in the ninth and showing little offensive oomph all day, third... more »

Angels Strike Out 20 But Gain Little

Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register - September 26, 2012

The status quo isn't the Angels' friend these days. But it was all they had Tuesday night. The Angels got five K-filled innings from starter Zack Greinke – but only five – and tied a major-league record with 20... more »

Extra! Extra! Incredible Orioles Do It Again

Dan Connolly, Baltimore Sun - September 20, 2012

It was just a matter of time before Adam Jones picked up his 30th homer of the season. Jones hit a full-count slider over the left field wall in the 11th inning on Wednesday to give the Orioles a 3-1 victory and their first sweep... more »

A's Ready for Screen Test in New York

Jon Paul Morosi, Fox Sports - September 21, 2012

Thursday was significant for the Oakland A’s. And no, not because of the green wrestling singlets with yellow headgear — think early 1990s Oregon Ducks — distributed among the team’s rookies for their... more »