Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Why MLB is heading Down Under
By Doug Mittler
Are the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks prepared to continue their feud halfway around the world? Apparently so.
The Dodgers and D-backs will open the 2014 regular season with games at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia on March 22 and 23, reports Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. The Daily Telegraph in Australia also is reporting agreement on the series and mentions the benches-clearing incident between the teams on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
“A similar spectacle can't be predicted next year but the Dodgers and Diamondbacks will be in Sydney for six days, when they will play the two games and open the doors to their training sessions,” says the newspaper.
Season-opening games have been held four times in Japan, most recently in 2012 between the Athletics and Mariners. While many fans and media hate the idea of seeing Opening Day traditions in the United States disrupted, Commissioner Bud Selig views them as a way of growing the game worldwide, so they are here to stay.