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Giants Receive No Respect on Opening Day

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photograph by Marko Realmonte



The boys in orange and black win two out of the last three World Championships so you would think the all-powerful MLB scheduling committee would actually let the San Francisco Giants play at home on Opening Day...but no. In fact, since the new ballpark opened it's gates in April of 2000, the Giants have only had four true home openers.

The biggest insult is, of course, that after winning the World Series in 2012 their first regular season game for 2013 is in Dodger Stadium. Seriously? Where is the respect? And it happens all too often: The Giants have opened in Dodger Stadium in 2002, 2008 and 2011. And now again in 2013. That's three times in six years, kids.

If it doesn't seem fair that's because it isn't.

MLB does have a lot to juggle this year with the Astros moving over to the American League, and the less-then-brilliant idea of having one Interleague game every day in the season.

So the Giants (as well as every other club) will play 19 games against divisional opponents, for a total of 76 divisional games. (six series of games, three at home, three on the road.) Every team should, at least in theory, play 81 home games. 66 games will be played against non-divisional teams. Each club will play a total of 20 Interleague games. Yeah, that math gets confusing even if you aren't drunk, and most of us assume that the official committee is at least two sheets to the wind when they put this thing together.

It's no wonder that 12 Opening Day games, including the Giants vs. the Dodgers, make their start on April Fool's Day.

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