Thursday, May 3, 2018

Red Sox Will Be The Home Team In 2019 London Series Against Evil Ones

Next week, Major League Baseball will confirm the long-anticipated first regular-season MLB series ever to be played in Europe. On June 29th and 30th of 2019 (a Saturday and Sunday), the Red Sox will face off for two games against The Bronx Embalmers in England. Boston will be the "home team" for both games—meaning Red Sox season-ticket-holders will get screwed out of two Yankee games next season. Oh, well. The contests will take place at London's Olympic Stadium. London Mayor Sadiq Khan and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred have scheduled a joint news conference for next Tuesday to formally announce the series. Stay tuned for further details. To date, MLB has played 14 regular season games outside their US/Canada base—four in Mexico, eight in Japan and two in Australia. The Red Sox have played in two of these games—a 6-5 win and a 5-1 loss in Tokyo in 2008. Both of those games were against the Oakland Athletics. This is a shrewd move on the part of Manfred—pitting the two biggest rivals in the sport to inaugurate European play.