I think everyone can now agree that starting a season with the Oakland Athletics and the Boston Red Sox in Japan is possibly the stupidest idea that MLB came up with.
For the third time, the teams ended up splitting the series.
How was this trip helpful? The Sox already have a presence in Japan, thanks to their two pitchers in Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima, and everyone knows about them.
If MLB wanted to send teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates or Florida Marlins, teams that don’t yet have any ties to the region, that would be fine. But sending a team that has invested millions of dollars into the area already is foolish.
So after the trip, the team had to break with routine, played exhibition games, and head over to Oakland to start up the series once more.
Honestly, I'm worried about the Sox. There's no telling where their minds are right now. If the Red Sox start the season 1-6, there will be some angry people in New England.
And the schedule does the Sox no favors. They start in Oakland, fly to Toronto, then they get the Tigers and Yankees at home followed by the Indians and Yankees on the road.
Seriously? What are the odds that Bud Selig is a Yankee fan? 2-1?
I'll be happy if the Red Sox finish that stretch above .500 and even then we could be staring up at a three or four game deficits to the Yankees. Very depressing stuff.
That being said, I'm very excited to see the Sox play in the US for the first time tonight.