Orioles Shouldn’t Change Schedule For Ravens Home Opener

OriolesUhoh. Sounds like the Ravens could have to open their season on the road due to a scheduling conflict with their neighbors across the street.

The Orioles host the White Sox on Thursday September 5 after a nine game, three city road trip to Boston, New York and Cleveland. Unfortunately, the Super Bowl champs are supposed to be hosting their season opener at the exact same time. Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that both teams have been unable to compromise on a schedule change.

Commissioners Roger Goodell and Bud Selig have been involved, but “things haven’t worked out to this point.” It’s funny to me that the NFL, who has scheduled games during the World Series, is upset that that Major League Baseball won’t change it’s schedule for the Ravens home opener.

The simplest solution would be to move the Orioles game against the White Sox to 1 PM, but after a lengthy road trip the O’s seem unwilling to do so and I agree. This game takes place during the most critical month of the baseball season and the Orioles can’t afford to sacrifice it for the Ravens season opener.

Some have proposed a double header against Chicago on Saturday September 7, but I don’t see that as a great solution either. Players hate double headers and given the choice between two games on Saturday or an early game on Thursday, I think the O’s would choose to latter.

If I were in the Orioles front office I’d tell the Ravens sorry. This is a team that should be contending for the postseason and every inning counts, especially in September against contenders after long road trips. The Ravens have said they can’t open the season on Wednesday due to Rosh Hashana, although some fans have pointed out that the NFL plays games on Christmas and Thanksgiving without a problem.

The Ravens won a championship and if they really care to see the Orioles win one they’ll play their season opener on the road — or better yet on Sunday when football games should be played.

In the end, the Orioles will probably yield to the Ravens, because the NFL is king. Personally, I hope they stand their ground.

Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com and host of the BSR Podcast. He's a loyal Orioles, Ravens and Capitals fan who is obsessed with baseball, loves traveling, In-N-Out Burger and Walt Disney World.

22 Comments

  1. Sean Collier

    March 18, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    MLB players that sit in the dugout half the game on their butts are too exhausted to play a 1pm game after a tough road schedule. Meanwhile the Baltimore Ravens are one of the most physical teams in the NFL leaving blood sweat and tears on the field year after year to win the city of Baltimore and the surrounding area an NFL Championship and the what have you done for us lately Orioles won’t play a 1pm game cuz they’re too bushed from playing pickle ? C’mon son !

  2. Goonba

    March 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    The Ravens can leave their “blood sweat and tears on the field” another time when MLB and the Orioles haven’t already scheduled a game for the same time. The NFL is the bully on the block and MLB shouldn’t back down. Besides being the “most physical” in the game the NFL has basically turned into two-hand touch really doesn’t mean a whole lot.

  3. MGW

    March 18, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Look it up. When the Ravens won their first Super Bowl they were snubbed by the NFL in this kick off opener. This is not Ravens versus Orioles, it’s the NFL trying desperately to eff with Baltimore again.

  4. spy

    March 18, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    The O’s game won’t even matter ,by then they will be ten games out , heck , they really don’t even have to play the game at at…………………..it will be back to usual for the O’s this year , no one will care about them by Sept. as they start a new fourteen year losing streak………………………..

    • andrew

      March 20, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      idiot.

  5. matt

    March 18, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    This would be the straw that broke the camels BACK. If so, grandchildren to Ripkin, no more Camden. Come on Peter!!

    • Nick F

      March 19, 2013 at 11:52 am

      Really? “Ripkin?”

  6. Josh

    March 19, 2013 at 7:41 am

    This entire thing seems to be being driven by an inferiority complex of the NFL and its fans. This piece displays it glaringly.

    The piece is inaccurate in that the NFL hasn’t tried to compromise. The NFL has offered to move kickoff back to 9:00 p.m. and to monetarily compensate the MLB and the teams involved. It’s Angelos who is stonewalling.

    • Dave

      March 19, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Oh sure, just ignore the fact that the Orioles need permission from the MLBPA, the White Sox, and the MLB in order to change the schedule. Just blindly blame Angelos for every little problem like you always do. I’m sure Angelos is paying off the MLBPA, White Sox, and MLB to refuse to support a schedule change.

      • Nick F

        March 19, 2013 at 10:47 am

        Exactly. Goodell and the NFL are playing like they’re the victims and because they’re the more profitable sport with the bigger fan base, the fans are buying it. In reality, the Orioles, Sox, and MLB have every reason to not change the time or date:

        Both teams are coming from different cities and if either game goes into extra innings, who knows when they’ll get to Baltimore?

        They would have to turn around and be back at Camden Yards at 9am to be ready to play by noon, you’re probably not going to have your best starting lineup out there, Wieters definitely wouldn’t play if he caught Wednesday night.

        If they schedule a double header instead, it screws up the whole rotation, if they are in a pennant race, you don’t want to trust a AAA starter trying to not screw up the rotation. Especially with the Yankees coming to town for 4 games right after the White Sox.

        Also, that late in the season there already may be some double headers scheduled to make up for rain outs. You don’t want to have a bunch of double headers in succession.

        God forbid they do move the game and the O’s get destroyed then miss the playoffs by 1 game.

        Besides all of that, why do the White Sox care what Ravens fans think of them?

        The NFL has one reason to not move the game to Wednesday: They don’t feel like it. They think that because they are the “bigger” sport, everybody should just bend over and do what they ask.

  7. Nick F

    March 19, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Guys, it’s not just Angelos that has to agree. The White Sox have to agree. The MLBPA has to agree. Plus, September baseball is crucial. Last season on Sept. 5 the O’s were neck and neck with the Yankees and needed every single game. They can’t afford to throw away a game because they have to play at 12, which means they have to be at the ballpark at 9am after getting in at probably close to 3am and that’s if the game on Wednesday in Cleveland doesn’t go into extra innings.

    Oddly enough, the NFL held last season’s opener on Wednesday. They also held 14 games on Rosh Hashanah last season. They also play on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    The MLB’s schedule has been done since December. This is the NFL’s problem, not the MLB or the Orioles’.

    In all honesty, the NFL should go to the MLB and tell them what day they are scheduling their season opener before the MLB does schedules so they can make sure they don’t schedule conflicting games in cities where the baseball and football teams are close or share facilities.

    • Dave

      March 19, 2013 at 9:54 am

      To be fair, they technically played only two games on Rosh Hashanah last year. Rosh Hashanah began on sundown of Sunday September 16th of 2012. So the SNF game and the Jets-Steelers game (which started at 4:25) were the only two that were played during Rosh Hashanah. I’m assuming the Jets-Steelers game wasn’t over by sundown on the East Coast.

    • MGW

      March 20, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Nick – Spot on on everything you’ve said.

      The NFL lemmings are buying into their favorite league tells them.

      Hell, they’ve turned it into two-hand touch football yet they still keep buying in.

      • spy

        March 21, 2013 at 9:40 am

        You and Nick just don’t understand,,,,,,,,,the NFL is king and always will be,,,,,,,,,,,,just watch,,,,,,,,,,,,,,even if the NFL gives in the press will make them the victim and better league for giving in to a lessor league……………did I say the NFL was king yet ..

        • MGW

          March 21, 2013 at 12:08 pm

          spy – Years ago Boxing and Horse Racing were king in the U.S. and were are they now?

          Baseball always perseveres.

          The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again.

          Don’t forget it fella.

          • MGW

            March 21, 2013 at 12:09 pm

            *where

          • Nick F

            March 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm

            This is the best comment ever.

  8. Dave

    March 19, 2013 at 9:44 am

    The Rosh Hashanah excuse makes absolutely zero sense. Rosh Hashanah lasts from Wednesday the 4th to Friday the 6th. So if the game was on a Thursday, it would still be occurring during Rosh Hashanah. But sure, keep on defending Roger Goodell.

  9. spy

    March 19, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    The solution is so simple,,,,,,,,,,,,,,just play the games as scheduled . The O’s will draw three to five thousand so parking will not be a problem and when the few fans that want to go to the O’s game see the Ravens fans tailgating the O’s gate will diminish even more……………problem solved by spy…………………

  10. CurlyC

    March 21, 2013 at 1:55 am

    “In the end, the Orioles will probably yield to the Ravens, because the NFL is king. Personally, I hope they stand their ground.”

    You don’t get along with your neighbors, do you Zach?

  11. Nick F

    March 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    …and the Orioles are in the WIN column!

  12. jeff

    March 26, 2013 at 11:44 am

    ravens need to shut their pie holes and come to pittsburgh thursday night for a steel city ass whipping. oh, i forgot ravens management complained they played too many night games in the city of champions.