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MLB in Japan?

Posted on: March 25, 2008 8:31 am
 
I am all for exhibition games overseas, and increasing revenue based upon novelty and things like that, but when these games start counting in the standings is where I tend to disagree.  It takes away home games from at least one team, if not both (not sure how they are working that situation), it alienates fanbases as I am sure the bulk of A's fans weren't up at 3 AM to watch their team, and while the bulk of Red Sox fans may be up at 6 Boston time, they are on their ways to work.  I do appreciate the goal in globalizing the game, but I do not appreciate the cost it takes to achieve that goal.  Baseball is a game of rhythm, a game of repitition and a game of routine.  Don't be surprised if many of the players playing in Japan take a couple weeks to get out of a funk due to this trip.
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Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: March 28, 2008 6:19 pm
 

MLB in Japan?

Because nobody here would care!



Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: March 28, 2008 9:12 am
 

MLB in Japan?

We play games in Japan on opening day.  Why doesn't Japan play their opening day games here?

Because no one wants to see scrubs like Larry Bigbie play. (I know the gist of your post was sarcasm...)

I am in complete agreement with gopack: exhibition games overseas are fine, but when they are played in the regular season, everyone in this country who cares about the teams playing loses because of the time difference, as well as losing two games from the 'home' team's schedule (in the case of A's fans), and the effects of doing that extensive amount of traveling (Boston was in Japan for a week) takes a toll on the body. From personal experience, I went to China on a business trip a couple of years ago; I was there for 10 days and it took me a week and a half to get back to a 'normal' schedule when I got back to the States. I just was getting acclimated to the time difference when I left China and then had to get reacclimated when I returned.

Luckily the RedSox and A's have a week off before they, so hopefully most of the effects will have worn off...




Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2008 3:50 pm
 

MLB in Japan?

We play games in Japan on opening day.  Why doesn't Japan play their opening day games here?




Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2008 3:39 pm
 

MLB in Japan?

I agree with you that the game of rhythm may be out of sync because of the long trip.  On the other hand, they do repeat the games at a more decent hour.  Also MLB reemburses the home clubs, in this case the A's, for the lost revenues that they would have missed.  So they got revenues for a sold out date that didn't actually happen because they hosted the Red Sox.  That would not have happened if they hosted the Royals.  It's the parking attendants and vendors that got the shaft. 



Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2008 10:12 pm
 

MLB in Japan?

They should never play regular season games anywhere other than at a teams normal stadium.  It is the local fans whose support makes it possibe for these guys and the owners to make insane amounts of money.  And if the local fans really let them know that they are upset about this then maybe something could change.  But as long as ESPN is going to carry these games and make a big deal about them, and some company is going to pay big bucks to have the games they will continue to do it.



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2008 10:36 am
 

MLB in Japan?

I agree... it I was a season ticket holder for either of these teams... I would be pissed.  I watched a couple innings this morning while getting ready for work... nice to see some baseball!  But, glad my team didn't have to deal with it



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2008 3:44 pm
 

MLB in Japan?

If they're going to play games in Japan, it would make more sense to have Seattle instead of Oakland.  The Mariners have Ichiro and Kenji Johjima.  I remember Dice-K vs. Ichiro was a big media hit last year in Boston. 



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2008 12:11 pm
 

MLB in Japan?

Sox acquitted themselves well, winning 6-5. With the exception of Ellsbury crashing into the wall and almost killing himself, a satisfying win.

Sox had almost a week to adjust to Japan before todays game (they left Ft. Myers on the 19th).

They're playing some exhibition games against the LAD in a few days; but I honestly don't think the jump from Japan to California will be as bad as if they were going from East to West. The effect should be minimal.




Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2008 11:02 am
 

MLB in Japan?

I know a couple years ago when the Yankees went over there it sure did take a toll on them...Let's see what it does to these two teams...Getting ready for work today, I was much more happy to see A's Sawx then Mike and Mike however...too bad the A's couldnt pull it off...I agree...i think the overseas thing should be in the offseason and definitely not count in the standings...I'd be pissed if i'm the red sox and this counts as a home game for me...they have a huge homefield advantage at Fenway


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