Prior to the announcement, the Padres were supposed to start the season on March 31st, a date in which they have a franchise high 75% (3-1) winning percentage. Now they'll have an off day on the 31st and miss out on the magic.
The Padres also announced that the traditional Opening Day festivities won't happen until Tuesday April 1st.
To be clear. Opening Night on @Espn on Sunday night. Our traditional Opening Day festivities will be on Tuesday. More details to follow.
— Mike Dee (@PadresMikeDee) January 9, 2014
To be clear, all traditional Opening Day festivities should happen on Opening Day, such is the tradition. I bet Mike Dee makes his kids wait until December 26th to open Christmas presents too. By the way check out the angry responses to Dee's tweet.
In an attempt to placate fans the Marketing VP tried to soothe them with a "2 is better than 1" tweet.
To be clear, the move to Sunday night allows us to do more festivities around the opening of the season. Not less. #2GreatDays
— Wayne Partello (@WaynePartello) January 10, 2014
To be clear, the Padres should just announce the details now, so no one freaks out. Let's just hear which traditional festivities that they'll be moving to the 2nd game instead of playing so coy.
Also before we get too pissed off, what are the traditional opening day festivities anyway? The only one I can think of is the team introductions. That's not something I'd think they'd move, but if it keeps me from being bored by hearing the names of the clubhouse trainers, I'm in favor.
I was trying to think if the festivities couldn't be done on Sunday due to scheduling reasons, but since the game was supposed to take place on Monday they'll have to reschedule them anyway. Maybe Jay Posner is right, maybe it's just all about the money.
Actually, I will try to explain last tweet about 2 opening days: It gives @padres a chance to sell two opening days. Follow the $$$
— Jay Posner (@sdutPosner) January 9, 2014