Monday, October 8, 2012

Game 3: Wednesday at 1:07 p.m.

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Nationals Park will host its first-ever postseason game Wednesday at 1:07 p.m.
ST. LOUIS -- The first postseason baseball game played in Washington in 79 years will have something of an old-school feel to it: It will be played in the afternoon and some people may have no choice but to listen to the game on the radio instead of watching on television.

Major League Baseball announced today that Game 3 of the National League Division Series will start at 1:07 p.m. Wednesday and be televised on MLB Network, not TBS.

Fans who have waited years, or even decades, to attend their first postseason ballgame in Washington will have to skip out of work or school early. Those that can't make it to Nationals Park in person will have to hope they have access to MLB Network, which was given the rights to televise two Division Series games this year for the first time.

The game will not be picked up by any other local TV stations. MLB Network is available on most cable and satellite services, usually on a sports tier of programming. Bob Costas and former Washington Senators left-hander Jim Kaat will announce the game.

The early start time could lead to some problems for players from both the Nationals and Cardinals as well, with the afternoon sun potentially a detriment to outfielders trying to locate fly balls.

Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and the Brewers' Carlos Gomez all lost fly balls in the sun over a two-day stretch of afternoon games last month, leading to Harper coining the phrase "Sun Monster."

Nationals manager Davey Johnson will probably be OK with the early-afternoon start.

"I hope it's not 4 o'clock," Johnson said this morning. "We have a terrible sun field, and I hate for games to be decided because somebody happens to hit one in the sun. That's about 4-5 o'clock. That's when the sun is really terrible at our place."

Start times for potential Games 4 and 5 at Nationals Park Thursday and Friday have not yet been announced.

32 comments:

Scott DeFife said...

who makes these decisions? what network or league suit gets the wrath of the nations capitol?

Diane said...

Most likely, expect two more games at the same time, unless Yankees advance early.

LoveDaNats said...

Wow. Good thing we have the best record in baseball and could get such a great start time. Not.

Doug said...

Could they change the time if the Reds and Tigers sweep on Tuesday?

Doug said...

Not sure how the first postseason baseball in DC since 1933 and the defending World Champs doesn't get primetime...oh yea...freakin Yankees

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I am happy to be in the playoffs. I preher to complain about walks and not start times and networks

whatsanattau said...

Reason No. 236 why I hate the Yankees.

ChicagoNatsGirl said...

TBS keeps freezing up on my cable. Aaarrrghhh.

whatsanattau said...

On the upside, I have no choice now but to take the day off. Have to. Not optional.

Doug said...

Manassas Nats' Fan....Hard to take a day off work in the middle of the week (esp when your boss isn't a sports fan)...A 4pm game at least gets you in the office most of the day. It really is not an option for me to NOT go to the game, but makes life a lot harder! Either way, crowd will be nuts on Wednesday!

rabbit34 said...

We strike-out so well. It's amazing. But, see what happens when the ball is hit! Even, by a pitcher. Guess we need more pitchers and the hits will come! GO NATIONALS!

JaneB said...

I think 1 is better than 4. Go Nats!!!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I cant go just not complaining

JaneB said...

Thank you Ian for ignoring Bo. HUURAH for getting into their sorryass BP so early! We have this game!

rabbit34 said...

I thought maybe we could take a lesson from the Cardinals on what happens when you hit the ball. Apparently ZimmermaN has no clue.

Tom said...

This is SH.T! MLB has now done what NFL has never done, left out the home team. I hope MLB folds like the NHL. I have bought the last ticket to a game.

Dave said...

Yes, let's hope MLB folds up, so there will be no league for our long-awaited team to be a part of.

Wow.

BigCat said...

I hear ya Manassas. You are right.

I just watched big ol plumber Michael Morse let that ball fall foul down the leftfield line. Ball was in the air 5 minutes. Come on man. Of course, the next pitch was not foul, it was in the upper deck. Trust me.....Rizzo sees.

We would be fools to get rid of LaRoche. Good clubhouse guy, great defender and solid 25-30 hr man with 90-100 ribbie potential. No, the odd man out is Morse. Plumber on the bases, no arm, and a well below average outfielder. Plus, he is injury prone. He is a career minor leaguer who has had one good year. He did have a good month this year, and I really like the guy, but who has the brighter upside.....Morse or Moore? I'm sure Rizzo sees also.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

People, people, people. Now we're complaining about the starting time of a home playoff game. Can we all just please roll that thought around in our collective minds?

I'd be at this game if it were played at Banneker Field at 3:30 a.m. under a dim moonlight.

1933, people. 1933.

I ain't complaining.

peric said...

Does this mean its watchable on MLB.com premium?

BigCat said...

Same ol story with JZimm. Too many balls down the middle. Also, he has GOT to get a changeup. He gets a changeup about 83-84 mph and he would be unhittable. A circle change is a very easy pitch to learn. I mean very easy.

If you watch Zim closely, almost every hitter get 2-3 fastballs right down the cock. His first might be on the corner, but the next is right there. Granted, it is 94-95, but its straight as a string, and good hitters like the Cards, punish stuff like that.

I am just tired of that Jay. Would love to see the first pitch of the game on Wed right in his ribs.

I hate the Cardinals

Bigfish said...

One good thing about the game being on MLB Network: we may not have to suffer through that Washington Area Hyundai commercial, which may be the single most annoying advertisement in the history of television.

Feel Wood said...

So will Jim Kaat launch into his Strasburg rant in the pregame, or will he wait until the game starts?

JaneB said...

oooo, bigfish. You must be forgetting those Luna spots.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Monday's post of the day candidate goes to ...

Feel Wood said...
So will Jim Kaat launch into his Strasburg rant in the pregame, or will he wait until the game starts?

I don't want to sound ageist...but Jim Kaat is to the mass media what Neanderthal was to mankind.

He's old, man. Real old.

Bigfish said...

Jane B, I'm wondering if that guy in the Luna commercial knows he'd probably look a lot better bald than wearing that godawful rug. That's annoying visually; the Hyundai commercial has the manic announcer to end all manic announcers.

Feel Wood said...

Bigfish said...

One good thing about the game being on MLB Network: we may not have to suffer through that Washington Area Hyundai commercial, which may be the single most annoying advertisement in the history of television.


Any commercial that does not include that creepy W.B. Mason guy is a good commercial.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I cant even revall the Hyufai commercial.

Now the creepy W.B. Mason guy hard to forget.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

In 3 of the 4 Division series last year the team with more total runs lost the series.

That sounds good now.

Tcostant said...

I was hoping for 4 or 5...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I was hoping 4 too

peric said...

I see Davey's theme was exactly what I expected: young team, learning experience, perfectly normal ...

You all must, of course, realize that this would not be occurring if Jim Riggleman were still in charge? You would have perfect bunts, too many washed up, no offense, veterans, lots of double switching Morse out for better fielders and veterans (who, again, can't hit) and Rick Ankiel not Bryce Harper would be starting in CF. Bryce would be headed for the AFL along with the rest. No Lombo. No Detwiler. Lannan might have won 10 again but he would have lost 15 or more.

Yup, just imagine ...

Young is better. Don't listen to Yankee admirers with fantasy teams. If the Yankees were so good how in heck did the Orioles manage to stay with them right up to the end? Ask yourself.

The Yankees aren't that good.

If the Nats can get through the NL somehow it just might be a cake walk the rest of the way.

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