What time is it? Gametime! But, boy, is it early
Games 1 and 2 of the NLDS are starting at 12:37 p.m. (MT). Let’s say that’s not exactly prime time.
That fact bothers Phillies Game 2 starter Cole Hamels. He said as a player he can’t let it bother him, but starting games so early is a disruption, and a little disrespectful.
“In being the defending World Champs, I think it’s kind of a little weird that we kind of get both games at 2 o’clock,” Hamels said. “I don’t think it’s fair. I definitely don’t think it’s fair for the fans, because this ais all about the homefield advantage.
“I understand TV ratings, ut I think at the end of the day most players would rather play when they’re both comfortable, and that’s kind of what we’ve trained at, either 1 o’clock or 7 o’clock, and I think that’s more fair for us.”
Hamels has some points. But it’s a discussion that Rockies manager Jim Tracy would rather not have.
“I don’t get too overly involved in it because the schedule makers are not going to ask me my opinion,” Tracy said. “I understand Cole’s point. This is a very good team. They are the defending World Champions. They obviously have a right to an opinion.
“But as far as me weighing in and saying I’d rather done this, I’d rather done that, at 18-28 back on the 28th of May, I’m tickled to death to have a game to play. I really don’t care what time it starts.”