Terrence Moore thinks baseball is getting its comeuppance. Greedy owners, he says, should have known better than to try and play baseball games in late October:
All baseball had to do was listen to Selig and do something such as go from 162 games to 154 in the regular season. Then the division series would begin no later than the last week of September instead of early October. Then you wouldn’t have what you have now: A World Series featuring television ratings dropping as fast as the temperature in Philadelphia.
How bad have the ratings been? Historically bad. It hasn’t helped that two of the three games played in Philadelphia have been interupted by bad weather.
Nor has it helped that both teams play on the east coast.
And it really hasn’t helped that the Rays’ fanbase all know each other on a first name basis.
Moore is right. Baseball needs to make its season shorter. That could mean playing fewer games. Or it could mean starting the season earlier (though the weather in March is just as cold as it is in October). Or it could mean playing more doubleheaders.
Something needs to be done.
For the owners, this craptacular World Series is justice. But for the fans (especially Philly fans) it’s just sad. Why are we being punished for the owners’ greediness? We deserve a World Series that isn’t tainted by long delays and crappy umpiring. Moreover, we deserve a World Series where people are watching! This is our big moment! We’ve been waiting 28 years for this! Pay attention!