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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 16 October 2009 11:07
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With Game 1 of the 2009 NLCS in the books, there are some striking
similarities to Game 1 from 2008

Before Friday’s slate of LCS games get underway, The Biz of Baseball has been looking at attendance over the postseason, with a comprehensive look at the LDS this past week. As the schedule stretches out, getting more than a couple games in a day diminishes. Thursday was no exception.

While there was only one game played on Day One of the 2008 and 2009 LCS, there are some common areas of interest:

  • The LCS started with two NLCS games in both 2008 and 2009, with the teams being the same (Phillies and Dodgers).
  • In both games, the Phillies won (3-2 in 2008, 8-6 in 2009)
  • The Phillies’ Cole Hamels started both games.
  • Two umpires were involved in both games (Ted Barrett and Gary Cederstrom)
  • Barrett and Cederstrom both umpired from the same locations in 2008 and 2009 (Barrett at 3B, and Cederstrom at RF).
  • Last night’s game at Dodger Stadium was being reported as being short of a sellout before the game got underway, but the announced attendance was 56,000, a sellout (100% of capacity)
  • Game 1 of the 2008 NLCS was played at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and had an attendance of 45,839, a sellout as well (105% of capacity)
  • Weather for the NLCS Game 1 in 2008? 73 degrees, partly cloudy. Weather for NLCS Game 1 in 2009? 75 degrees, clear. Not terribly different.

There were three key differences:

  • The LCS gets underway in 2009 one week later than 2008 (Oct 15, compared to Oct 9) due to the World Baseball Classic pushing MLB's regular season forward.
  • FOX and TBS have an arrangement within their broadcast agreements with MLB to flip-flop which LCS they are covering each year. Last year, FOX cared the NLCS while TBS cared the ALCS. This year, the networks switch.
  • Finally, the biggest difference was the length of each game. In 2008, Game 1 of the NLCS was a close game, and well pitched leading to a game length of under three hours (2:36). Last night’s 8-6 game was a case of poor starting pitching (or, rather, managers left starters that were going south in too long) leading to the game going over four hours in length (4:02).

MLB’s 2009 League Championship Series continues tonight with the following (Game, Network, Time):

  • NLCS Game 2, PHI @ LAD – TBS - 4:07 p.m (ET)
  • ALCS Game 1, LAA @ NYY (weather permitting) – FOX - 7:57 p.m. (ET)

See the complete LCS broadcast schedule, baring postponed and/or suspended games


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