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Why are the Red Sox playing on Sunday night?

Th Red Sox play on Sunday night and then have a quick turn around for their Patriot's Day game on Monday
Th Red Sox play on Sunday night and then have a quick turn around for their Patriot's Day game on Monday
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Major League Baseball wasn't thinking all too clearly when they made the Boston Red Sox play on Sunday night and then turn around and play at 11:00 in the morning the next day. This also is unfair to their opponent the Baltimore Orioles. The question is why did this all happen?

Anyone who pays any attention to the Red Sox knows that they play on Patriot's Day, which is on Monday, at 11:00 in the morning so that fans can see the end of the Boston Marathon as well. This has been a tradition for over 50 years and it means a lot to the city, especially after the marathon bombings of last year. So making the Red Sox and the Orioles be the only game on Sunday night makes no sense at all.

ESPN, who carries the games on Sunday nights, must have implored the schedule makers to give them this match up and MLB gave it to them. It makes sense to want the defending World Series champions especially when they are a team that draws well, but for the betterment of the game this shouldn't have happened. On Monday the players are bound to be tired and in the end that will affect the quality of the game. There were other palatable match ups on the schedule that could have been played on Sunday night, the New York Yankees versus the Tampa Bay Rays being just one example, so this didn't need to happen. MLB dropped the ball on this occasion.