Did Glee Bump Giants From Prime Time?

Something doesn't smell right in next week's NLCS series.

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    The Giants get a last warmup before flying to Philadelphia for the NLCS. (Published Thursday, Oct 14, 2010)

    When the schedule came out for the NLCS series between the Giants and the Phillies, many were a little perplexed by the fact that Tuesday's game in San Francisco had a 1:17 p.m. start. 

    That's smack dab in the middle of the day here in California and before the end of the work day for Phillies fans. 

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    The timing seemed unusual, to say the least.

    Then an interesting theory began to trickle in. The hit show Glee airs on Tuesday night and Fox just might want to keep that audience happy -- baseball fans be damned.

    Yahoo Sports questions the theory noting that Glee is supposed to be a repeat next week. But it also posted this Tweet from the @SF_Giants Twitter feed:

    Thanks to @GleeOnFOX at 8PM, the Giants get a Tuesday day-game at 1:19PM PT. Vacation or Sick Day request now before your co-workers do!

    That tweet has since been taken down.

    Many baseball fans aren't taking the day game lying down.  One group started an online petition asking MLB to move the game so that more fans can see it.  

    In part the petition claims, "If the time change is not made, it is going to disrupt the flow of daily life in the United States for fans that want to enjoy the Championship Series of America's pastime."

    Here's the complete schedule:

    • Saturday 4:57 p.m.
    • Sunday 5:19 p.m.
    • Tuesday 1:19 p.m.
    • Wednesday 4:57 p.m.
    • Thursday 4:57 p.m. (if necessary)
    • Saturday 12:57 p.m. (if necessary)
    • Sunday 4:57 p.m. (if necessary)

    There is also a theory that the Giants and Phillies are getting the prime time snub simply because they aren't the Yankees.  Game 4 of the New York/Texas series is on TBS next Tuesday night in prime time.