The Daily Thread from NBC Sports Boston for Thu., March 26

NBC Sports Boston Staff
NBC Sports Boston

What are we kicking around in our virtual newsroom these days? The digital editors at NBCSportsBoston.com will compile the best from the daily e-mail exchanges amongst our on-air personalities, insiders and producers from both "Arbella Early Edition" and "Boston Sports Tonight" so you can get a sense of what's on our minds.

Dave Cherubin, Producer (8:53 a.m.) -- Today was supposed to be Opening Day.  Do you miss the day?  The sport?  When MLB resumes what happens to their league? I think MLB will come out of this pandemic crisis on the losing end, more so than any other league.  I don't think people will miss the game and when it comes back they will face plenty of other competition for sports fans' attention.  If MLB is smart, they make sure they are the first league back playing games.  Get a jump on the competition for fans' attention and try to mitigate the loss of interest.

The only thing slower than the game of baseball is the league's investigation of the Red Sox.   Well, it's finally done.  Rob Manfred said last night : "We are done with the investigation. There's been a delay in terms of producing a written report just because I frankly have not had time to turn to it. ... We will get a Boston report out before we resume play."  What punishment is in store for Red Sox?

Ideas MLB is considering if/when the season starts.
•7 inning games

•Increased double headers (up to 2 per week)

•Neutral-site World Series (warm city, dome city)

•Expanded playoff system

Seven-inning games stand out.  Players would never go for it.  The game needs be shortened or sped up.

Jeff Capotosto, Coordinating Producer (9:25 a.m.) -- I will miss Opening Day. What I won't miss is Game 4 of the season when Ryan Weber battles Matt Shoemaker in a 4-hour game with 14 total pitchers.

A shortened MLB season is fine. Doubleheaders are fine. Seven-inning games are a joke. You can't change the sport just to fit something in.

No idea why but my one memory of Opening Day was faking sick so I could watch Sox vs Jays in 1991 and Jack Clark hitting a HR in his Red Sox debut. Clark would proceed to go 1 for 457 for the remainder of his Red Sox career.

Trenni Kusnierek, host, Arbella Early Edition (9:35 a.m.) -- Am I the only one who misses Opening Day? I love it. It is the unofficial start of spring. The pomp and circumstance of each city. Real hope your team could find a way to win it all. I'd give anything to be on the T to Kenmore, grabbing a Starbucks, walking down Boylston towards Jersey Street with all the bars packed with day drinkers. Batting practice. Streaming the Brewers while watching the Sox. If I could stream FSWI today and watch old Brewers games, I would.

Rob Snyder, Producer (9:51 a.m.) -- As I put on my jacket, hat, and gloves to take my dog out this morning, I realized that no, I don't miss Opening Day. It was too early anyway and I was never ready for it.

I agree with Cap and Cherubin and I think the combination of sports coming back (please come back) and those sports playing until possibly August or September will be a rude awakening for baseball. The players would never go for seven-inning games and doubleheaders but what if people stopped watching their sport? Are the players in tune enough to know how big of a problem that would be? I don't think they do.

Michael Holley, host, Boston Sports Tonight (10:04 a.m) -- I've got more home opener memories than Opening Day ones. My favorite is 1998: Mo Vaughn hits a walkoff grand slam off Randy Johnson. Great drama. Think about some of the names from that era: Dan Duquette as your GM, Jimy Williams as your manager, Mo and Nomar as your 1-2 punch. The new guy: Pedro Martinez.

I'm nostalgic about it because baseball was intense then. It was the mix of local crazy over not winning since 1918 and the thought that the current Sox represented the best chance to win. It was daily drama and it was a blast.

As for the sport now, I'm all for doubleheaders and even starting the season with the All-Star Game. I don't want to start runners on second base in extra innings. I don't want seven-inning games. A 100-game season is just fine with me.

Gary Tanguay, host, Arbella Early Edition (12:35 p.m.) -- I hate Opening Day. Overrated crap. Covering it sucks. Cold, drunk fans, one stupid game that has become a hallmark card for the plus 55 demo.

Tom Giles, host, Boston Sports Tonight (12:43 p.m.) -- I don't necessarily agree but I love the passion, Tanger.

Seriously though, April baseball is mostly miserable so the fact that they keep moving up the start date is dumb.  I agree that weather plays as much of a role in this as anything else.

Trenni Kusnierek, host, Arbella Early Edition (1:25 p.m.) -- Pssst. Gary ...you are the 55+ demo.

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