Originally Posted by Heath
Usually, those 12:35 starts are cleverly masked as "get-away" days - in most cases.
Actually - I think 12:35 starts during the weekday are good. It gives other people a chance to watch them (i.e. Seniors, long business lunches, College Kids skipping class, 2nd or 3rd Shift workers, teachers kids in the summer with their dad/mom, etc.)
Hellacious parking issues though...
If I could vote to ban all 12:35 "business day specials," I would do so in a heartbeat. The greedy leaches (and really, that's what you are if you own a flat piece of property with zero maintenance, giant signs divesting you of all liability for damage/theft, and still charge people $10 per day to put their car there) downtown double the price of a parking space for everyone coming to work in the morning, soaking everyone who has to be downtown for non-baseball reasons. And if you're actually going to the game, you're pretty much stuck parking either in Newport or Covington and walking across the bridge. Plus, in June and July, it's 900 degrees outside most afternoons anyway.
As for the night games being moved back an hour on the weekends, the cynic in me wants to say this is because they're trying to cut in to the "dinner and a game" crowd who has dinner at Newport or downtown and then goes to the game. With a 6:10 game start, they're effectively boxing you in to either eating really early (figure you'd have to sit down before 5 to even have a shot of getting dinner and still making it for the first pitch) or waiting until after the game and not sitting down until really late (9:00). By having the game start right in the middle of that time, more people are encouraged/required to partake of the food offerings at the ballpark and spend more money.
But, that's probably giving the Reds front office/marketing/sales people a little too much credit.