Monday, October 22, 2007

I hate major league baseball

Yes, sometimes a title/headline says it all but there is often more than meets the eye. This is one of those times.

If you don't follow sports at all, you have probably noticed that on Sunday night, the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians to clinch the remaining spot in the World Series. It would be 90-something'th annual World Series but the greed mongers of Major League Baseball dicked up that tradition over a decade ago with a strike that cancelled the Fall Classic.

That, of course, is when I stopped following Major League Baseball and began to stop caring about pro sports all together.

However, even casually listening to any form of media, the sports-obsessed public have mentioned numerous times that the World Series begins this Thursday, October 25th. To some, that date sounds just a bit late compared to years past. You would be right to think that because it's fact. In order to pack in 162 regular season games beginning now at the end of March, two rounds of playoff games prior to the World Series and still televise each and every meaningless playoff game featuring, of all the meaningless teams with no tradition, the Arizona freakin' Diamondbacks, the post-season for the first time ever could draw into November.

It all boils down to money. The more games aired nationally -- even though plenty of the playoff games were only seen on TBS this year -- brings teams that much more cash and that is what makes sports go 'round.

The clincher, though, with the post-season dragging into the Christmas shopping season is that Denver, Colorado -- home of the National League champion Colorado Rockies -- saw 4 inches of wet snow yesterday. Sure, it melts but as the calendar draws closer to November, the chances for a sizeable storm increase and I, for one, hope to hell that it drops a couple feet on Denver and forces Major League Baseball and their greedy players and owners to wake up and realize that a baseball season spanning nine months may be just south of smart. Having to move or cancel games would make me chuckle in a jolly fashion.

2 comments:

Brendan said...

Sornie --

I read some years back (might've been by Roger Angell) a prediction that follows from your thinking: The World Series gets snowed out, and the owners finally face reality. However, instead of shortening the season so this won't happen again, they come with the idea of Super Week, in which the World Series is played in some neutral warm city, a la the Super Bowl.

The whole thing is out of control, I agree. Good rant.

The Future Was Yesterday said...

"I, for one, hope to hell that it drops a couple feet on Denver and forces Major League Baseball and their greedy players and owners to wake up and realize that a baseball season spanning nine months may be just south of smart."
From your lips to God's ears, with my prayers close behind - for a freakin' blizzard that lasts two weeks!!

I live a five hour drive from the Atlanta Braves, and I didn't attend a game this year. Hell, I didn't even watch a full game this year. They have driven this fan off for good.

How do they play that soccer thing, do you know?:)