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DayGame World Series, Sir Selig?

Posted on: September 26, 2012 12:30 am
 
If you’re reading this you’re a sports fan and know all about ESPN’s college “GameDay.” It’s not my cup o’ tea (that outdoor-set, with its screaming fans, really red-lines my annoying-meter), but the name, that works just fine.

So, for purposes of this baseball piece, just flip that title and make it DayGame World Series 2013. That’s my dream, anyway.

It’s been over a quarter-century since baseball fans were treated to a World Series game in the sun. It was 1984. Sparky Anderson’s terrific Tigers club took on the network-favored Padres in San Diego’s first fall classic (DET 4-1).

That was also the year Chicago’s Northsiders were re-born. Ryne Sandberg (MVP), Rick Sutcliffe (CY) and Harry Caray (WGN) led the parade at Wrigleyville as the Cubs cruised to their first crown (division) and post-season appearance in nearly 40 years.

Those were the days before expanded playoffs as the Padres & Cubs would decide the NL flag in a best-of-five series. The problem, as MLB and the network saw it, was that the Bruins didn’t play night games in 1984. That year wouldn’t come until ‘88. Chicago’s presence in the PS may’ve been a national thrill for everyone outside St. Louis but threw a big monkey-wrench into baseball’s trend toward night broadcasts. So what would any self-respecting greedmeister do but pull the old switch-a-roo and give night-suited San Diego home-field advantage (Chicago had the NL’s best record).

The Cubs took the first two in the Chicago sunshine by lopsided margins as the visitors looked over-matched. When the series shifted to California, the plucky Padres, led by superman Steve Garvey, overcame deficits in all three night contests and got their ticket punched to the fall classic.

The day-time World Series game is a mystery to younger fans. Older fans might recall, not just the games themselves, but the celebratory mood that began to build quickly after rising in the morning in anticipation of a typical 2:00 pm (?) opening pitch.

To put it in terms for those unfamiliar with a World Series day-game, let’s say, it’s not as great as having a date with a real looker (who actually likes you back), but more fun than, say, leading your fantasy league for the week.

The World Series day-game I remember best was the one I attended with my brother Kev in 1982 at old, wide-open Milwaukee County Stadium between the Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals. It was game 5 and Milwaukee owner Bud Selig must’ve over-sold seats because we were packed into those bleachers like sardines. We didn’t care. It was a chilly but gloriously sunny October day, we drank beer, ate dogs, smoked a few cigs back then and the Brew Crew pulled it out late to take a 3-2 lead in the Series. The peerless Bruce Sutter would prove the difference-maker as the Cards took the classic match in seven.

You don’t need an MBA to understand why the League made the World Series an exclusively nighttime affair: more viewers, higher ratings, bigger fees, more sales, lots o’ loot for the Suits.

But I wonder. I wonder if MLB turned just one game outta’ the Series into a day-game, during a weekday, if it might be so unusual, such good an excuse to skip school and cut work early, so red, white & blue Americana that it might start a new (or revive an old) tradition and actually make some healthy mullah for the cufflink crowd.

And not to worry, night owls. MLB can still keep airing most games after dinner, when they run until midnight or later, when many fans are snoozing on the couch or have hit-the-hay before the last out is called and commercial is aired.  Whoopee!

The way it stands, MLB needs something new, something fresh that’s not just aimed at kids (home run derby), something to give it an edge, a boost over our national obsession with everything football. It’s an obsession that fuels Favre fanaticism, Tebowmania, replacement-ref rage and needs a good swift kick in those shiny Nike pants.

It’s a dream I have.

Steven Keys
Comments

Since: Mar 5, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2012 10:23 pm
 

Do it, and they will watch

Yes Eugene, those night ratings are down.  As for start times of a day-game WS, depends on the teams & zones but I'd like to move-up that EST start to 4PM.  That's noon (?) PST.  And keep in mind, these would be special events, a holiday-like atmosphere making some missed work / school acceptable.  Dreams.

Thanks to you & Yogi for reading & commenting. 



Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2012 8:45 am
 

DayGame World Series, Sir Selig?

You don’t need an MBA to understand why the League made the World Series an exclusively nighttime affair: more viewers, higher ratings, bigger fees, more sales, lots o’ loot for the Suits.
More viewers?! Higher ratings?! The ratings for the World Series continue to be in the toilet, and the head-to-head matchups with Sunday Night Football just show anemic the night time World Series ratings are.
But I wonder. I wonder if MLB turned just one game outta’ the Series into a day-game, during a weekday, if it might be so unusual, such good an excuse to skip school and cut work early, so red, white & blue Americana that it might start a new (or revive an old) tradition and actually make some healthy mullah for the cufflink crowd.
I would like to see one game in each ballpark (Game 1 or Game 2 and then either Game 3 or Game 4) be a daytime game that starts at 6:00p.m. Eastern time (which is still daytime in the other 3 time zones in the country).
It’s a dream I have.
It's a dream that I have as well.






Since: Mar 5, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2012 12:55 pm
 

Get Crackin' Bud

Bud Selig has certainly been a major enducement to greed in baseball operations for thirty years.  If he wants to leave any sort of positive legacy, he'll need to get MLBPA on board for full PED-testing with more blood draws.  And I'm including Milwaukee's Miller Park in my legacy thinking.  The ugliest stadium I've seen from the outside, it's interior makes one feel like sitting inside a box.  And while he cleverly got the State tax-payers to foot most the bill for MP, ownership money seems always unavailable to spend on building a serious contender for a community with a long tradition of baseball and one that's waited patiently for a winner since '82.   



Since: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2012 4:12 pm
 

DayGame World Series, Sir Selig?

The day game is gone.  If it had happened long ago I would not have had a transister rasio confiscated by Mr. Rolender, my 6th grade teacher during the Brooklyn Dodgers/Yankees WS in '56'.  Allan Huber Selig is the worst Commissioner baseball has had the misfortune to have had.  Respected non baseball men from all walks of life have served as Commissioner.  Judge, General, State Governer, College President and all have brought honor to the game.  Selig, an owner forced Fay Vincent out and for the past 21 years has abandoned the fans to make money for the owners, players, agents and alphabet city (ESPN, MLBN, FOX, TBS, CBS etc.).

If you get a chance read my latest blog on the WBC and Selig.



Since: Mar 5, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2012 12:13 pm
 

Blogger's No-Edit-Option (CBS) Fall-back Edit

In the eleventh paragraph ("But I wonder"): mis-spelled "mullah" (Islamic term of respect), was intended 'moolah' (slang for money). 


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