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Baseball’s Opening Day Will Leave Something To Be Desired

With only six games, it's more like Ope- Da-

There is one change to Major League Baseball’s Opening Day schedule I support. For the first time since 1998, that day will not arrive on a Monday. Instead, MLB Opening Day is seven days from now, March 31. Thus, the most anticipated day of baseball’s regular season won’t intersect with college basketball’s championship game.

But there is one change to the schedule I hate. Specifically, it’s the schedule. Rather, the lack thereof.

Six games? That’s it, that’s all? That’s not Opening Day; that’s a Monday in June.

Opening day is an unofficial holiday. I always got the day off from school when I was growing up, and my dad took a modified day at work. Not every team plays, but most of them should. It should be a day of wall-to-wall baseball. Yet, only one game will be starting after 1:30 p.m. on the West Coast this year. I just don’t get it.

I just don’t understand why there are so few games on the slate. From 2005-2010, at least 10 games were played on opening day — and no, those Sunday night primers don’t count. A double-digit number of games have been played on opening day in 13 of the past 14 seasons. The last time six or fewer games were on the day’s schedule, it was 1985. Five games were played on MLB Opening Day ’85, but that slim total is partially due to the fact that there were four fewer teams in the league.

I still can’t wait for the regular season and I’ll watch every game next Thursday full of glee, just glad that baseball is back in town. But opening day should be a baseball feast. The meal is much, much too scrawny this season.

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