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Guillen: 'Very stupid' to start in Cleveland

Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:45 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 3:49 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Ozzie Guillen The White Sox will start the season in Cleveland tomorrow, and Ozzie Guillen isn't happy about it.

"Very stupid to play in Cleveland right now," the White Sox manager told the Chicago Tribune on Thursday after his players built a snowman at the team's workout day at Progressive Field. "Nothing against Cleveland. We expect that. When you play on opening day … a couple of years ago they canceled like 30 games here. [But]  we are here and we have to play through snow."

The Indians had to clear 3-4 inches of snow to prepare for Thursday's workout and Indians groundskeeper Brandon Koehnke told the Cleveland Plain Dealer the field would be ready for play on Friday.

"Based on the forecast and the work we're doing, I don't have any reason to believe we can't be ready by Friday afternoon," Koehnke said. "It's going to be a long, painstaking process to get to that point, but these are the cards we've been dealt."

With temperatures rising, the snow is expected to melt, and Koehnke said the drainage system would take over.

That's not much comfort to the players who will be playing in the cold.

"That's why I don't understand why teams don't start in domes or on the West Coast for the first couple of weeks," Mark Buehrle told the Tribune. "We'll just have to deal with it and hopefully they can clean it off and be ready to go."

Buehrle has a point, even though it would stink to have your team constantly starting it season on the road and never getting to experience a true opening day. However, it doesn't make much sense to have the Angels, Diamondbacks and Astros open on the road.

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Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 3:22 pm

Guillen: 'Very stupid' to start in Cleveland

As a fan of the Phillies, I have to agree.  Who cares that my team wont ever be home for the first weekend of baseball.  I would much rather start off with a two week road trip and then settle in normal rotation.  It would just make for better baseball.  That being said, you would also have to figure it would make more sense to play the August games up north, and with hurricane season in the Atlantic, we should probably play more away games for Tampa and Florida during September.  And has anyone been in San Diego in June?  They have a June gloom, which is basically overcast all the time.  They should play away games then too.  Labor Day, Memorial Day and the fourth of July are very popular times for people that live in Southern NJ, South Eastern PA and Delaware to go to the beaches, so we should move the Phillies to away games then to help with the traffic.  The Cubs and White Sox need to be on the road for all the fun festivals they have there every summer.  Absolutely no games in Texas from the end of June through September.  The National's need to be on the road for the Cherry Blossum Festival and fourth of July is a zoo, so the better be out of town for that too.

And since we are on weather and sports, why in the world would the NY Giants get to host a Super Bowl?  I am sure the weather will be great in NYC in February!

So it seems pretty easy to wrap up:

Teams only play at home when the weather is perfect and there is no other events going on it town.  Good luck to all the teams travel coordinators.

Since: Nov 12, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 3:10 pm

Guillen: 'Very stupid' to start in Cleveland

Somebody call the WAHambulance for the White Sox, deal with it cry babies

Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 3:09 pm

Guillen: 'Very stupid' to start in Cleveland

Hell, its stupid to have baseball in Cleveland after April 15.  And this is coming from a Clevelander.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 3:06 pm

Guillen: 'Very stupid' to start in Cleveland

Thats why I like Ozzie. He calls a spade a spade. and it is stupid to have baseball in Cleveland before 4/15.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 3:02 pm

Guillen: 'Very stupid' to start in Cleveland

1st 2 wks at least should be down south, in the west, or in domes.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 3:02 pm

Guillen: 'Very stupid' to start in Cleveland

That picture is perfect for this article. 

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