Get Stretched Out for the Yankees’ Upcoming West Coast Trip

Start planning now to stay up to watch the Yankees play the Angels, Giants and Diamondbacks

The Yankees still have one game in this three-game series left against the Astros and then a nine-game homestand before they go on a nine-game, 10-day West Coast trip. While there are still nine games until the Yankees’ lengthy road trip, it’s time to start planning for it.

What happens when the Yankees play on the West Coast? Their games start three hours they would normally start. On the upcoming trip that begins on April 22, the Yankees will play four games starting after 10 p.m. ET and two starting after 9 p.m. ET. Most people will try to stay up to watch them, but will likely end up falling asleep in the second inning and wake up to the highlights on YES or the encore presentation in the middle of the night. But if you plan on staying up for those games, the plan starts now.

You wouldn’t ask a middle reliever to start a game and expect him to throw 100 pitches or go six-plus innings and you wouldn’t ask the normal Yankees fan who has a job to get up for to suddenly sleep three less hours. That’s where the plan comes in. Like a reliever stretching his arm out to join the rotation, you need to stretch out your life to watch the Yankees play on the West Coast.

Let’s say the average Yankees game gets over at 10:30 and you go to sleep right at the end of the game at 10:30. If you start staying up 15 minutes later per night starting tonight, you will be awake to see the Yankees play the Angels, Giants and Diamondbacks, and you will be awake to see Mike Trout play baseball.

Wednesday, April 10: 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 11: 10:45 p.m.
Friday, April 12: 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 13: 11:15 p.m.
Sunday, April 14: 11:30 p.m.
Monday, April 15: 11:45 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16: 12:00 a.m.
Wednesday, April 17: 12:15 a.m.
Thursday, April 18: 12:30 a.m.
Friday, April 19: 12:45 a.m.
Saturday, April 20: 1:00 a.m.
Sunday, April 21: 1:15 a.m.
Monday, April 22: 1:30 a.m.

Follow this plan and get stretched out for the next 12 nights. Or if the Yankees are unable to take care of business against the White Sox this weekend and the Royals next weekend, there won’t be a need to stay up and watch them anyway.


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