• Opening Before The Opener

    Posted by on August 27th, 2008 · Comments (3)

    MetsBlog reports that the Red Sox and Mets will play a two-game set, for kicks, next season at Citi Field just before Opening Day.

    The Yankees will probably now opt to do the same. Bummer.

    I wonder who they would play? Probably some National League team that trains in Florida. Too bad that the Dodgers left Vero Beach….

    And, I wonder how both the Mets and Yankees will handle these exhibitions…if they open up 2009 on the road?

    Comments on Opening Before The Opener

    1. Corey
      August 27th, 2008 | 7:44 pm

      I don’t like this at all…just gives the players a better chance to get hurt. Its way too cold when they start playing, its only worse if they start earlier

    2. TurnTwo
      August 28th, 2008 | 7:57 am

      it sucks for nostalgia purposes, but you have to understand why they do it… kind of like a test drive, to try everything out, see what’s working, what’s not working, and do the tweaking before the regular season starts.

    3. John ONeil
      August 28th, 2008 | 9:51 am

      Like it or not, it is a necessity. They want opening day to go flawlessly so they need to have a “soft opening” or two to work out the kinks. I lived in San Francisco when they opened the new park there – PacBell at the time, now AT&T. They played the Yanks in an exhibition game – Jorge became the first to hit the ball into McCovey cove. Great time but a complete mess logistically. Ferries to take people to from game couldn’t dock, lines at concession stands and men’s rooms were unbelievable. After two exhinitions, the Giants then went on a road trip to open the season so they could work 24/7 to fix the problems in time for the “real” opener.

      I’d be surprised if this wasn’t normal practice when they open new stadiums all across the country.

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