August 23, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Ben Zobrist (18) forces out Oakland Athletics bench coach Chip Hale (5) and throws the ball to first for a double play in the ninth inning at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Rays, The A's, And Bizarre Off-Days

There was some talk a while back, none too seriously, about the Tampa Bay Rays and the Oakland A’s getting contracted. On Sunday, baseball fans got their wish. Every team in baseball always plays on Sundays. if they don’t, it’s because of rain. For the Rays and A’s, that was not the case. Because of the Republican National Convention, both teams had a scheduled off-day. It was the first time that a team had a scheduled off-day on Sunday since 1995.

It felt weird. You turn on the TV at 1 PM, see what time the game is, and there is no game. You turn on another game and realize that you don’t really care. You resort to NFL Preseason Football (49ers at Broncos) and you realize why no one watches football until the season starts. It feels like something is missing. It’s terrible when your team loses. But today was a feeling of being dazed. It simply felt like something was off. Baseball resumes Monday for Rays and A’s fans. Normalcy resumes. Life resumes.

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