You could tell it was going to be a strange morning at Hammond Stadium. Half the windows in the press box had metal shutters pulled down, creating the ultimate in obstructed view seating.

This problem was alleviated by a remote device that looked like something to turn on your Bose sound system from across the room. Thus yesterday began 10 a.m. baseball.

Baseball was never designed to be played at 10 a.m. unless by 10-year-olds. Certainly it's not what major leaguers, present or future, look forward to, as was obvious when the Red Sox engaged in such an exercise against some form of the Minnesota Twins.

Although called a "B" game, any letter other than "A" would suffice. There was no charge to attend.