When the Yankees play: inside the 2010 schedule

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In the middle of September, Major League Baseball released its preliminary schedule for 2010, and at the time, we had some fun dissecting the Yanks’ slate of 162. With the quirks of the scheduling came our requisite complaints: too many early games against Boston, too many illogical road trips and too many away games in April. On the other hand, the Yanks do get to play the Astros and Diamondbacks while the Red Sox face the Giants and Rockies, but I digress.

Today, baseball unveiled the preliminary start times for the 2010 season, and the Yanks’ official schedule has been updated as such. The schedule is available for download and personal calendar integration in numerous forms right here. The option to add the Yanks’ schedule to Google Calendar option is fantastic for those of whose lives are on Google, and the Outlook/iCal integration is an added perk this year.

Although the broadcast schedules have yet to be announced, we can glean some information from the start times. As we know, the Yanks and Red Sox will square off on Sunday night at 8 p.m. On average, the temperature in Boston on April 4 at 8 p.m. is in the low 40s. Ninja Cano will make his return. The next two games of the season, also in Boston, are night affairs, but the Yanks’ first two games at hand on Tuesday, April 13 and Wednesday, April 14 are both at 1:05 p.m.

In May, the Yanks will be the ESPN team of the month. With a weekend series from May 7-9 and a trip to Citi Field two weekends later, ESPN will broadcast both of the Sunday night games from those series, and FOX will probably take the May 8th game with a TBD start time.

The June TV highlights will be the Yankees/Joe Torre reunion in Chavez Ravine. Both of the weekend games for the Bombers’ trip to Los Angeles currently feature TBD start times, and I’d put money on a FOX/ESPN weekend special. Considering the media markets and the emotional story lines, those games are primed for a ratings bonanza. The week before that trip west, the Mets come to the Bronx, and both of those games will probably be on national TV as well. May and June will feature a lot of Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, Joe Morgan and Jon Miller.

After that, only the remaining series against Boston are bound to be on TV. Otherwise, the Yankees have done a good job avoiding weekend night games. No home game on a Saturday starts later than 4:05 p.m., and although many Saturday road games are at night, I appreciate the Yanks’ efforts in schedule afternoon affairs.

So that’s that. Now, we just have to wait until Opening Day. April 4, 8:05 p.m. Mark your calendars.

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  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    So, which Saturday day is going to be the long awaited, eagerly anticipated RAB Game Meetup?


    • Tom Zig

      I’m only going if Bo goes

    • Steve H

      If it’s the summer I’ll wear this.

      http://tinyurl.com/yfmkbvt (safe….and hilarious)

      Big h/t to TSJC

      • Thomas

        I’d personally prefer one defining B-Jobbers, especially if it uses an example similar to “Like Mike Francesa, I’m a huge B-Jobber.”

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          I’ll work on that.

          Defining b-jobberism and lohudditeism is next. I’d define terriostism, but I think they may not accept that one. (RAB didn’t accept my Terriost Threat Advisory Level…)

          • Tom Zig

            what about bo-baiting?

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

              Baby, please, I am not from Havana!

  • crapula

    the minds of RAB never cease to amaze me. you guys cover every single baseball thought in Yankee world. Seriously.

    • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

      Not by a long shot. I’ve been eagerly anticipating a post regarding Cody Ransom’s rendition of “Dick On a Box.” And yet, I still wait. WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME, RAB?!

      I’ve also yet to see a detailed analysis on how the alleged centaurs Alex Rodriguez copulates with have aided his postseason performance. (And for what it’s worth, centaurs are every bit as hittable as Kate Hudson.)

      I’m also still trying to figure out why we use new-fangled stats like “RBI” and “WHIP” instead of just wins, losses, saves, hits, HRs.

  • mr yankee

    Why do the Yankees play Saturday GAMES AT 1pm at hoe? why not 4 or 7pm?

    • Tom Zig

      The Yankees play games at hoes?

      Lemme findddd out

      • mr yankee


        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          My hopes are dashed.

        • Tom Zig

          life ruiner

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      I’m going to make a blanket statement: Saturday night games suck.

      • mr yankee

        Why do you say that?

        • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

          Because I’d rather not spend my Saturday night watching baseball games and because there’s nothing better than spending a nice, warm, sunny, summer weekend afternoon at the ballpark. That’s just my opinion though.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada


            Saturday, in the sun, getting drunk at the park: AWESOME
            Going out after that (or just going home and smashing): ALL THE MORE AWESOME

      • Peter

        Saturday day games kill folks who have MLB Extra innings who watch the yankees out of market. Because those game gets blacked out i believe.

        doesn’t effect me though because i live in NY and go to a lot of saturday games.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          … That sounds like a YOU problem.


          • Peter

            my mother lives in north carolina…moved down there a few years ago after being diagnosed with cancer, she lived in NY all her life up until that point. She loves the yankees and never wants to miss a game. So me and my brother buy her the MLB Extra Innings package every year. and she complains that the saturday day games get blacked out on the package. but her computer isn’t anywhere close to powerful enough to run MLB.tv which allows you to watch saturday day games plus its easier to watch games on the TV rather then having her mess with the computer every day/night in her current condition. so we’re kinda stuck with getting her the MLB extra innings package.

            Some folks can watch the games or go to the games with no problem. Like you and i. But Some folks aren’t so lucky.

            Now, here i could call you a DICK but i won’t.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

              I wasn’t really being serious, you know.

              But yeah, I am a dick. A big one.

              • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

                Han Solo (Peter): So, what do you think?
                Luke Skywalker (Chris): What a piece of junk!
                Han Solo (Peter): Thank you. This was my brother’s. He died of leukemia. How do you feel now?

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    12 games against Boston this year? Oh well. At least only half of those games are before the all star break where the Yanks typically do worse.

    • JGS

      they play 18. 8 before the break, 10 after. just like this year

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        EPIC FAIL on me.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada


  • Beamish

    “May and June will feature a lot of Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, Joe Morgan and Jon Miller.”

    Kill me now.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      The mute button really comes in handy sometimes.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

        Like when a Nicki Minaj video comes on, for example.

    • pete

      i think i can not watch those games, and run over every scenario, offering up my own analysis of each hypothetical event, better than those guys can analyze things that actually happen.

    • W.W.J.M.D.

      I just mute them and turn on the radio, especially Joe Buck.

      • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

        The problem there is the seven-second delay. In the post-Janet Jackson era, the games on TV are behind the radio. It was great though during the postseason when I could listen on the radio in the bathroom and then predict the next play. Amaze your friends! Wow your family!

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          There’s also an interesting regional gap of sorts.

          One of my best friends lives in Nebraska. We’ll both be watching the same game at the same time on the same channel, and he sees things 1-3 seconds before I do here in NYC.

          I can’t explain that yet.

        • W.W.J.M.D.

          im aware, but that seven-second delay is better seven times better than listening to Joe Buck

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

            Awesome name, btw.

            I can only assume it stands for “What WOULDN’T Jesus Montero Do?”, since that’s much more interesting of a question than what he would do.

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    Ok, so I’m not getting YES again this year. I’m thinking iPhone app? who else uses other video outlets to get their NYY fix other than YES?

    when is Teh Official RAB Game?!!1!!

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      when is Teh Official RAB Game?!!1!!

      My vote:

      The Saturday, May 1st matinee against the White Sox.

      Should be a good game, but won’t be an impossible to get ticket. Early in the season, before people start taking vacations and junk. Not a holiday weekend.

      Let’s do it.

      • thurdonpaul

        or maybe may 15 against the twins, it should be a little warmer. better beer drinking weather :)

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

        1st or the 15th. Don’t quite set it in stone, but I promise I will work on getting a block of tickets for one of these dates. Please, guys, keep on me about this.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

          You got it.

          Tommie: very aroused

        • thurdonpaul

          sounds very cool. are we gonna wear name tags ?

  • Andrew

    who else hates sunday night baseball?

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      You hate baseball? You dirty communist.


  • Mark in CA

    Too bad the Saturday 1:00 PM home games are blacked out on MLB Extra Innings. Thanks FOX.

  • MikeD

    I really hate it when the Yankees are not on YES. Not only do I have to suffer through Buck and company (he makes me long for Joe Morgan), but then there’s no replay on YES. If I miss the game, no catching the replay.

    • Eddy

      When the Yankees play on ESPN or Fox, i pray for a nice easy win, because it usually ends up a classic. Which means no yankees classic.

  • beantownyankees73

    When do we think the ring ceremony will be? I would LOVE it if they could do it while the saux are in town , make them watch us get our rings and raise the flag. Like they did to us in 05(?)
    I would put money on it that none of them will stand a clap and have respect as Jeter did for them for their moment. Maybe Im bitter , whatever.

    • Eddy

      I would say it would be opening week, wouldn’t hurt getting our rings against the Angels.

  • Matt

    I think the best part of the schedule is no West Coast trips after the All-Star break.

  • GVI>>>

    Thanks for the app to put Schedule URL into Google calendar; but all the times for the games are listed as 333 am– 633 am!! I musta done something wrong…help?!?

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      That’s only for the home games. I guess the Yanks haven’t completely finalized those times enough to stick ’em into the G-Cal info.