January 16, 2008


Dawn of a new season (AP, 1/16/08)

Red Sox fans will have to get up early to watch the World Series champions start their title defense.

The major league season opener against the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo will start at 6:07 a.m. ET on March 25, the Red Sox said Wednesday. The teams also play the following day.

Ahead of opening day, the Red Sox play the Central League's Hanshin Tigers at Tokyo Dome on March 22 (11:07 p.m. EDT March 21) and the Yomiuri Giants on March 23 (6:07 a.m.).

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 16, 2008 9:45 PM

OJ, I'm probably having either a brain burp or am too lazy to look this up, but is the Red Sox/A's game a home game for Oakland? How does Oakland get reimbursement (if any) for having one of their home dates in Japan?

Posted by: Brad S at January 16, 2008 10:44 PM

Oh god how I have grown to hate the New England teams...

Posted by: Benny at January 16, 2008 11:09 PM

An A's game on Mars would have higher attendance than one in Oakland.

Posted by: oj at January 17, 2008 8:37 AM

So you know why Europeans hate America.

Posted by: oj at January 17, 2008 8:38 AM

They're playing two in Japan, both of which are Oakland home games, for exactly the reason OJ suggests.

Posted by: Ibid at January 17, 2008 8:57 AM

The last time such a game was scheduled to play in Japan, it got cancelled due to events the previous September.

An A's game on Mars would have higher attendance than one in Oakland.

Then why not drag along the [Devil] Rays or the Orioles? Oh, right, can't deny the New England fans a game against a division team the Sawx are sure to beat. This doesn't say whose home game, but we all know the Sawx aren't going to give one up.

Benny: It's not the teams. Its their fans. They're DamnYankee fans without the Bronx classiness.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 17, 2008 3:45 PM