The Weirdness of the 2012 Season

We haven’t even begin yet this season strikes me as the weirdest one on record.

First, I am admittedly a traditionalist as it applies to Opening Day. There’s something that feels just wrong about not having the Cincinnati Reds hosting the traditional first game of the baseball season. Instead, they are part of Opening Day #3, having been preceded by two games two weeks ago in Japan by the A’s and Mariners and yesterday’s Miami Marlins debut last night. The Reds aren’t even the 1st game of Opening Day 3. They are the 6th game to be played on Thursday.

If that were all that was going on, I could deal with it. Now there’s more.

Today I note that The Rangers farm teams are starting their seasons before the Rangers have even played their first regular season game. I’ve just been so accustomed to seeing the minor league season start a week or two after the big boys, it took me by surprise to see the Round Rock Express in AAA, Frisco Rough Riders in AA and Hickory Crawdads in A all playing Season Openers today while Rangers fans still have another 24 hours to wait before Colby Lewis throws out the first pitch of their 2012 season.

Strangest start to a season I can remember.