An extended siesta is a lengthy break from everyday league operations, during which no games are played.
Unlike a traditional siesta, which will last a few hours at most, the extended siesta is intended to last at least one week, replacing the planned Season scheduling entirely. Also unlike a traditional siesta, fans are still able to use Blaseball.com to purchase items, view team rosters, read the rulebook, and so on.
The purpose of the extended siesta is to give the umpires and other league staff the opportunity to fix structural problems, implement large-scale changes, and to rest their tired flesh. Notably, it is also a time when the league will use Blaseball.com to speak to participants out-of-character by addressing themselves as The Game Band, a game development company, rather than as umpires.
Despite the lack of seasonal games, an extended siesta can still see major events with permanent consequences to all of Blaseball. For example, the first extended siesta involved The Commissioner repairing The Wyatt Masoning with the help of fans on Twitter.
Extended Siesta I (Seasons 3-4)
See the main article on this topic: The Unmasoning
On August 12, The Commissioner addressed the events of The Wyatt Masoning in an official capacity on Twitter, by blaming the anomaly on a contractor and immediately beginning repairs. For the next three hours, fans were able to Like and Retweet specific tweets in order to repair the names of the Unlimited Tacos roster. The end results were mixed at best, with most players still retaining part of the name Wyatt Mason, and others gaining new errors altogether. Despite this, the official tweets remind that "the league bears no liability."
During this extended siesta, Blaseball.com displayed the following message from The Game Band (speaking out-of-character) to all participants.
"Blaseball is taking an Extended Siesta."
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On August 15, the league tweeted that "The Front Office is aiming for Season 4 play to begin on Monday, August 24." This was the first confirmation that the extended siesta was to last for two weeks rather than one week.
Extended Siesta II (Seasons 8-9)
Grand Siesta (Seasons 11-12)
The third extended siesta, or the Grand Siesta, occurred between Season 11 and Season 12. The Coffee Cup took place during this Grand Siesta (Nov 17-Dec 8, 2020), though no other games took place for four months (Oct 26, 2020-Feb 28, 2021).
The remainder of this article contains lore created collaboratively by the Blaseball community.
It is currently unclear what the teams and players do during an extended siesta, which can last for hundreds of days in seasonal Blaseball time.
The lack of official league correspondence and the lack of media coverage for star players may be a deliberate tactic from the league to keep their most valued assets within the realm of Blaseball (both physically and mentally), as studies show that extended periods away from Blaseball could lead to players realizing that they do not have to play Blaseball.
Rumors are prevalent that the spacetime-ravaged Los Angeli became home to several league seasons in alternate dimensions, allowing the most dedicated of Blaseball players to get their fix while their main dimension was still in extended siesta.