Remember staying up until 3:00 A.M. (PST) to watch the A’s, your favorite team, in 2008 and 2012? Of course you do! Well, in 2015 you may be able to experience that again (yes, I know we haven’t even started the 2014 season). Remember nodding off between innings, pounding energy drinks and silently cheering after every run as to make sure you don’t wake up the rest of the people in your household? What’s not to love?
Yes, as Susan Slusser reported in the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday, the A’s are a possible candidate open their 2015 season in Taiwan, after playing in Tokyo for the previous two overseas season openers. According to the report, some players, as well as coaches, feel the opportunity to play overseas is one to be excited, and appreciative, for.
As a fan, I feel the games are great. As a student and working-man, I don’t particularly like the idea of watching the game and going straight to class or work once it concludes. In 2012 I enjoyed the experience, even if I did – or didn’t – have to live-stream it from a computer of mine.
The “bonding” is obviously a big positive, but as Josh Donaldson said in the story, the traveling is a challenge.
“It was difficult, flying back and forth; it took a solid week and a half to feel normal again,” he said. “And another thing is that you go to spring training earlier and leave earlier, then when you come back from the trip, you’re playing spring games again, and we like our routines. But I don’t want to sound negative – Tokyo was great, it was a great experience. ”
Hopefully, if they do play the international games again, they don’t split the two like they have the past times. I, selfishly, enjoy a couple wins at six in the morning.