The important question is, how does the Vipers portion of the 2009 schedule look?
- I only count 87 games for the Vipers on the current available schedule (44 home games, 43 road games), as opposed to the announced 88
- Opening day is Thursday, May 21, and the Vipers host Long Beach that day. I’m available to throw out the first pitch, in case anyone is asking. Calgary will not play Long Beach for the rest of the regular season after the conclusion of this series.
- Calgary’s first seven games are at home, on the Hallowed Grounds of Foothills Stadium
- The Victoria Seals first come to town on Monday, May 25
- The Tucson Toros first come to town on Friday, June 26th
- The Tijuana Potros first come to town on Friday, August 7th
- The 2008 Championship rematch starts Friday, June 5th. Let the crushing begin!
- The All-Star break occurs from July 13th to 15th. Calgary plays 25 home games before the break, and none against Edmonton, Tijuana, or Chico. In fact, Calgary doesn’t play Edmonton at all until Tuesday, July 21
- Calgary plays its 44th game on Friday, July 10, as the first game of a three-game series at home vs Yuma. So… is the first half of the schedule (when the first playoff births are decided) after the 44th game or after the 46th game (when the Yuma series ends and the All-Star Break begins)?
I’ve made a little table to summarize the 2009 schedule. A = Pre-All-Star Break, B = Post-All-Star Break:
|Victim||Home A||Road A||Home B||Road B||Total|
Lord Tunderin, the Vipers play the Seals 21 times! I hope they suck.*
*Upon typing this, my wife reminds me that if the Seals do indeed suck, their games versus our Vipers will be boring. I married a smart gal.
The schedule obviously looks unbalanced, and since the Vipers play one less game than what was officially announced, I’m not sure if this schedule is carved in stone. Or maybe I just can’t count? I’ve triple checked my math, but I’ve also had a beer or two tonight.
Although opening day is already circled on my calendar and etched in my mind as the best day of the forthcoming spring, I’m disappointed with this schedule. Only three home games against Tijuana? I greedily want more! Only three home games against Yuma? Those home games were the best ones last season. No games against Edmonton in the first half? No home game on Canada day?
Long Beach and Chico are divisional opponents, and Calgary plays them a total of 11 times all year. Calgary also never plays in Long Beach. If my Vipers blog converts any Long Beach baseball fans into Vipers fans, I’m sorry that you can’t see your new favourite team play live.
There are a few holes in this schedule (like total games played), so I’ll believe it’s real if it hasn’t changed in May. Stay tuned, folks. Detective Xo is on the case (of beer).
I’ve screen-captured the sked: