So one nice thing about living in CA is that you can often watch sporting events in the late morning and hen game will be over around 1 and you still have a vast majority of the day to enjoy the beautiful weather (not to mention keeping the wife happy by not consuming the prime hours of the day watching guys named Wily Mo, Coco and Big Papi on TV).
Well yesterday around 2:00, my wife says something to the effect of why is the game still on, aren’t they usually over around one on the weekends (except for those stupid Fox days when I can either not see the game or if I can it is on at 1 or 4.) But I digress. So I noted to her that the game started at 2:00 on Sunday and 1:00 on Saturday. She asked why. And I had no real answer. Now, I am pretty sure that the 2:00 Sunday starts is something relatively new (maybe the last 4 or 5 years). And it does seem kind of silly to have different starting times (or starting times that move all over the map). After all, the Sox stopped having the 6:05 starts on week nights in April.
So after a little thinking, it dawned on me that the reason for the 2:05 start is really nothing more than a way for the Sox to make more money. Gates open 2 hours before game time (noon), and the Sox liquor license (I am fairly certain on this) does not allow them to sell liquor until after noon on a Sunday. This makes perfect sense and, hey, I am all for the team making money. I’m just a bit surprised that this has not been brought up by CHB, D&C and the like.
There really can’t be any other reason. If anything you would think you would have the earlier start on Sunday to allow the game to wrap earlier and allow teams to get a 1 hour headstart on their travels.
Again, I don’t have a problem with it at all. I just was trying to come up with an answer for my wife and then once (I think) I had it I am surprised that it has not become an issue for the almighty scribes that cover our team.