SOME people seem to think that baseball has ALREADY started.
BUT... according to the REST of the world...
Major League Baseball's first officially recognized franchise the Cincinnati Reds were historically awarded the privilege of "opening the Openers" and hosted the outings from 1876-1989. Only twice during this time (1877 and 1966) were they forced to debut on the road due to rain. Finally in 1990, the tradition was broken and the Reds were scheduled to appear as the visitors against the Houston Astros. Despite the prestige of being christened as baseball's opening act, Cincinnati has posted an average record of 50-52-1 that has been shadowed by the countless spectacles off the baseline including parades, fireworks, circus performances and the opening of new ballparks in 1884, 1894, 1912 and 2003.
you catch that? CINCINNATI REDS... NOT Boston Red Sox.
i appreciate that they are playing like "real games" but DAMN if you have to go TO JAPAN to play? fuh real. it's called AMERICA'S PASTTIME!!!! NOT JAPAN'S!!!!!
according to The Cincinnati Reds site there are still 5 days, 3 hours and some odd minutes UNTIL THE REAL OPENING DAY.
but enjoy your 5 am "pretend games". i will let you know when Spring Training is OVER.