Being born on May 31 means understanding that many years, there will be competition with a million barbecues, parades honoring Veterans and baseball for the spotlight. Fortunately I love all three of these things so I accepted and moved on at an early age. In fact, my annual birthday present used to be tickets behind home plate (500 level mind you, my dad was a gradeschool teacher)
As I grew older I kept the tradition up and even upgraded the seats before having to move to D.C in late 2008. Still, the White Sox did right by me last year by beating the Royals in a great game that included a three-run ninth and a solid save by Bobby to get a 7-4 win. This year, no game. This not only wrongs me, but every fan. If MLB can understand making sure every team has games scheduled through the weekend, how do they miss scheduling a team in a mjor media market for a game on a NATIONAL HOLIDAY built to honor America's fallen and prone to evoking patriotic traditions like neighborhood barbecues, parades and oh yeah, AMERICA'S PASTIME.
Well thank you MLB for making sure I will not be able to retreat from two toddlers and enjoy an entire game opening pitch to final out this year as May 31 is the only day I get to claim that privilege each season. I fully expect to find out tomorrow that Dairy Queen has also stopped making ice cream cakes and the 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge was never actually sold so I will never get one.
If no White Sox game on Memorial Day bothers you too, share your bitching below and have a nice one, full of award-worthy beer, juicy brats or burgers and ice cream cake, lots of ice-cream cake.