My 4 Favorite Things about Baseball Day Games


I’ve attended a game at all but one West Coast MLB park (sorry, Padres). I’ve gone to several night games, but I’ve attended day games far more often. Granted, night games have the added benefit of being significantly cooler than day games in the scorching SoCal weather, but there’s something special about the atmosphere of watching baseball with the sun out.

With that in mind, here are my four favorite things about day games:

1. There’s no rush

Trying to get to a game with first pitch at 7:10 p.m. can be difficult, to say the least. Depending on how far you’re traveling to the stadium, you may find yourself stuck in SoCal’s infamous rush-hour traffic, which, let’s be honest, is more like rush-HOURS. Plus, you can’t forget to factor in the inevitable traffic jam that begins at the stadium’s freeway exit and lasts until you’ve made it to your parking space. If you leave more than a few minutes behind schedule, you’re liable to miss entire innings.

Day games, on the other hand, create a far less stressful timetable. First pitch around noon? No problem. Sure, there’s still some residual traffic, but it’s much more manageable.

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2. A little added difficulty

Major-league baseball players get paid big money to make big plays. They’re also expected not to screw up the small ones. Catching a routine fly ball should be all muscle memory for these athletes, and most of the time, it is. When the ball comes off the bat, you can already predict the ending.

At day games, however, there’s always a chance—however slight—that a player might lose the ball after getting an eye-full of sunlight. Sure, most of the time their dark sunglasses and eyeblack prevent this from happening, but isn’t it nice having that glimmer of hope? A dropped—or even bobbled—ball can make all the difference.

3. The sweet alternate uniforms

Every team has home and away uniforms, but most also have at least one alternate that they break out for some Sundays and special occasions. While admittedly some of these aren’t the most attractive, they’re still a welcome breath of fresh air.

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4. Extra innings

While extra innings after an already long nine innings may make some people cringe, they’re far more bearable during day games. At night, the prospect of a potentially never-ending baseball game is enough to send even some of the truest fans packing. It’s late, the kids need to sleep, you have work in the morning. It’s understandable.

During day games, however, bonus baseball can be just that. When buying tickets to a day game, you’re already dedicating the “productive” part of your day to watching the game. Sure, you’ll still be tired after a full nine innings in the sun, but by the time the 10th is rolling around, the sun is beginning to set and temperatures have dropped significantly. Sit back, relax, and enjoy it a little bit longer.

Olivia is a Stanford University student and staunch defender of the Oxford Comma. She has served as a copy editor for the Los Angeles Zoo, the Stanford Daily, and Bleacher Report. She recently completed a communications internship with The Huntington Library. Olivia is currently interning with Stanford Athletics Marketing and the San Francisco 49ers, as well as writing for the sports section of the Stanford Daily.


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Law Enforcement Torch Runners Blaze a Path in San Dimas


It started back on July 13 in Sacramento. The Final Leg Law Enforcement Torch Runner (LETR) of the Special Olympics set out on their journey to more than 100 communities throughout California, carrying the Flame of Hope to raise awareness for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

Their final destination: The Opening Ceremony on July 25th at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

And on a beautiful summer morning, these law enforcement and Special Olympic athletes from all over the world (Australia, South Korea, Iceland, and the Americas just to name nations) made their way through the streets of San Dimas.

Learn more and see the runners here:


A big thumbs up to the city of San Dimas, the San Dimas City Council, local fire and police personnel, and the California Highway Patrol for hosting these special runners.

Looking good, San Dimas!

Donna is a principal at ConceptuaLine, and enjoys being a contributing writer to the ConceptuaLine blog.