It was announced this week that the 2013 Major League Baseball season will open on March 31 with a Sunday night affair between the newest rivals in the American League West, as the Houston Astros host the Texas Rangers. There is nothing like a mismatch on paper right off the bat to start the season on Easter. It is likely going to be a matchup of Yu Darvish against Bud Norris starting for the two teams. That strikes fear into Texas, I’m sure.
This wasn’t the best decision for MLB to start the season with these two teams. Why not start the season where it always starts, in Cincinnati, and have the first Opening Day interleague matchup between the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Angels be the Sunday night game? That game sounds a ton more interesting to me, just to see Josh Hamilton and Shin-Soo Choo in different uniforms and watch an interleague opener. I’m in the minority of enjoying interleague, but that would be the better game to start the season.
I wish that the season would just start on Monday like it always did, and we didn’t have a Sunday Night game before everyone else starts. There is no reason at all to have this Sunday night game to start the season and especially so with this game landing on a holiday. The best thing for MLB would be to have all 30 teams play on the same day to start the season and make it a big event. It could rival every other professional leagues’ Opening Day games and would likely be even bigger.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.