Now that weeknight games begin at 6:45pm, does that make it more likely this older team will be slightly better because they’ll simply have more energy? I didn’t start feeling “old” or “my age” until I hit 33. The day after my 33rd birthday, I remember waking up feeling tired in a weird way and sort of like a phone that even at maximum charge was still only at about 92% of its original capacity.
Buster Posey is an old and broken catcher coming off of hip surgery. An earlier start time might not be the difference between 4 home runs and 14, but I have to imagine it couldn’t hurt. Think about it: the Giants will get their first at bats in a Jeff Samardzija start around 7:05pm rather than 7:35pm. A quick top of the first means they hit before 7pm. At home! When the night’s sky is still bright.
The move also anticipates the seagull swarm. With the team coming off back-to-back losing seasons as well as the worst month in the history of the franchise, there are going to be a lot of empty seats. The birds will arrive even earlier. We’ve already seen a bit of this in 2017 and 2018. Maybe that earlier start time means the team gets out of there before the worst of it and the 8th and 9th innings aren’t played like an aviary breakout scene in Jurassic Park.
What are some other changes you think they should make at AT&T Park?