3.25.2008

happy opening day!

Yes, it's Opening Day, and we're waking up at 5:00 a.m. to make coffee and eat breakfast before the game. Today the Boston Red Sox - that's the World Champion Boston Red Sox - play the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo. The first two games of the season will be played in Japan, then the teams come back to California, finish spring training, and resume the same series in Oakland.

The Red Sox have two Japanese players, one of them very high-profile, so there's some extra appeal for legions of Japanese baseball fans. The Sox played a few exhibition games against Japanese teams this week.

Many Boston-area bars are opening early and serving breakfast. Pretty cool.

I'm happy Opening Day is early this year, because it doesn't coincide with my annual early-April trip to New York and New Jersey. Plus these 6:00 a.m. starts extend movie season by one week. (And we should be glad we're not in Oakland, where hometown fans have a 3:00 a.m. start.)

Play Ball!

8 comments:

L-girl said...

"If the teams are all from United States, why are they the "World Champion" Boston Red Sox???"

There, that's out of the way. So if you were going to leave that comment, don't bother!

redsock said...

Here we go!

redsock said...

WIN!

1 down, 161 to go.

redsock said...

If the teams are all from United States, why are they the "World Champion" Boston Red Sox???"

Poor forgotten Blue Jays.

John said...

Major props to the Red Sox players for standing up to management over the stipend for coaches.

Oh, and GO BLUE JAYS!

L-girl said...

Major props to the Red Sox players for standing up to management over the stipend for coaches.

Yeah John!! I so agree.

M@ said...

Yeah, I heard the Sox had a stranglehold on the AL East. Good show -- I guess the next game is tomorrow morning? Yikes, another early one...

Btw, I love the practice of opening early for sporting events. I spent some early mornings at the Peel Pub in Toronto with some Polish friends during the '02 World Cup and it was a great time.

Looks like I'll be saved the early mornings this summer though. Stupid IOC ruining the olympics. Buncha jerks.

L-girl said...

I love it too! Watch a game and still have the whole day in front of you - plus a free evening!

Good job re Olympics.