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Musings on the National Pastime
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/06/2007 12:44:07

Good Morning!

We have a saying around thes parts....'There'se only two year-round sports....Politics and Baseball'.

Last night, I watched a terrific ballgame. It was a taught pitcher's duel that went into extra innings, and featured a full count with the bases loaded in the home team's last at bat.

Trouble is....it was the "wrong" team for me. Yes, I watched the Yankees game last night.

But they started early, and even going into extra innings, the game was over at a reasonable hour, just a few minutes after 9pm eastern.

Changing channels to the hometown nine, at 10pm they were just in the third inning at Fenway. I made it to the sixth in front of the teevee, then went upstairs with my trusty radio. I listened in a half-dozing state until midnight....which was still only the eighth inning of that game.

Writing this, I haven't checked; I don't know who won.

But isn't that something wrong about this game? The playoffs started Wednesday, and already all 4 series are better than half over. All the games have been played at night, and for some reason, last night's game at Fenway didn't start until 8:30 pm, an astonishingly late hour for a game with no time limits.

Many arguments can be made both for and against the designated hitter, and interleague play, but I think any true baseball fan would not have anything bad to say if the playoffs went like the regular season. Most night games all year start at 7:05 at Fenway and are usually done by 10:30...why can't they do that during the playoffs? Unless it's a major team coming in for a national broadcast, weekend games at Fenway start at 1:05 pm, the way baseball was meant to be played...in the glorious sunshine. Why can't at least one World Series game be played in the sun?

These are the things that occupy your loyal TriSec's mind this Saturday morning....now let's get out there and hit some fungoes!


23 comments (Latest Comment: 10/08/2007 03:52:38 by BobR)
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Comment by BobR on 10/06/2007 14:12:17
No need to wonder any more. The Red Sox won 6 to 3.

Comment by livingonli on 10/06/2007 17:25:05
The odd scheduling of games is a product of the TV contracts. It seems like MLB is more than willing to base their scheduling around what their TV partners who pay a lot of money for these contracts want. Going through my old TV Guides, I saw that the World Series games were all played int he afternoon in the 50's and 60's but by the 70's they shifted the weeknight playoff and world series gamds to prime time but kept them on afternoons on weekends. It seemed by the 80's the decision was made to move all the World Series and most of the early round games to primetime to ensure more viewers. Strangeley enough, when Fox got nearly all the post-season they found out unless the World Series went 7 games, they were losing money on their MLB contract. I believe that's why they scaled back their post-season carriage under the new contract to just the World Series and rotating the ALCS and NLCS with the new partner TBS.



TBS is apparently dictating the start times of these games since they have exclusivity on the first-round (even keeping the games off OTA TV in the home markets), they probably also received some favorable terms becasue the new contract also ended TBS' carriage of Atlanta Braves baseball after this season.. And to maximize the advertising revenue, they want all the games at night and don't care how late they drag on. It's especially bad since World Series games don't actually start until 8:30 and with longer TV time-outs to maximize commercial time, the games are running well past midnight ET which isn't good for people who have to get up early the next morning.

Comment by Raine on 10/07/2007 01:03:07
Good evening friends. Heya tri... we have a neighbor that has a big ol' Red Sox banner hanging off thier porch! YES!!! Right here in the ATL!!!

Comment by TriSec on 10/07/2007 01:16:03
Behold the power of "The Nation"....



http://www.flagline.com/images/mlb/boston-red-sox-b-tn.jpg


Comment by livingonli on 10/07/2007 01:53:27
Islanders beat the Sabres. Devils won, but Rangers lost. Another night of insanity in the MSG/FSN New York cluster.

Comment by TriSec on 10/07/2007 01:54:19
Alas, no Sox-Cubs World Series this year...





Comment by livingonli on 10/07/2007 15:44:11
Quote by Raine:

Good evening friends.



Heya tri... we have a neighbor that has a big ol' Red Sox banner hanging off thier porch!



YES!!! Right here in the ATL!!!


There's a house two blocks from me that has a Braves flag and even has a Braves bumper sticker and a Braves license plate holder on his/her car.

Comment by BobR on 10/07/2007 16:53:52
Quote by livingonli:

Quote by Raine:

Good evening friends.



Heya tri... we have a neighbor that has a big ol' Red Sox banner hanging off thier porch!



YES!!! Right here in the ATL!!!


There's a house two blocks from me that has a Braves flag and even has a Braves bumper sticker and a Braves license plate holder on his/her car.




Is it up on blocks? :rofl:

Comment by livingonli on 10/07/2007 17:36:22
Quote by BobR:

Quote by livingonli:

Quote by Raine:

Good evening friends.



Heya tri... we have a neighbor that has a big ol' Red Sox banner hanging off thier porch!



YES!!! Right here in the ATL!!!


There's a house two blocks from me that has a Braves flag and even has a Braves bumper sticker and a Braves license plate holder on his/her car.




Is it up on blocks? :rofl:


Actually, no.

Comment by BobR on 10/07/2007 18:04:03
The Falcons are looking a little better today...



:fingers crossed:

Comment by livingonli on 10/07/2007 18:13:59
If I wasn't at work today for 12 1/2 hours, I would be watching the Giants-Jets game right now. I just wonder how the NFL determines who is the "home" team? :scratch:

Comment by livingonli on 10/07/2007 18:37:40
Jets are up 17-7 at half time.

Comment by livingonli on 10/07/2007 20:14:57
Giants turned it around and won 35-24.

Comment by Raine on 10/07/2007 20:24:18
Stupid Falcons.

Comment by Raine on 10/07/2007 20:25:03
Quote by livingonli: Giants turned it around and won 35-24.
Woohoo!!! Liv!!! you rock for the updates!!

Comment by Raine on 10/07/2007 20:28:11
yeah, I think I need to stop watching sports altogether. IT is the only time I get the *W* I really want... Oh, and that ain't nevah gonna happen... Go Giants!!! wooHoo!!!

Comment by livingonli on 10/07/2007 20:34:16
Quote by Raine:





yeah, I think I need to stop watching sports altogether. IT is the only time I get the *W* I really want...



Oh, and that ain't nevah gonna happen... Go Giants!!! wooHoo!!!


But what do you think of the Braves paraphernalia near where I live? Or does BobR's comments say it all?

Comment by livingonli on 10/07/2007 20:35:36
Since I'm at work, I had to settle for following the game on Sportsline.



Someone better work on getting the tuner back into the control rooms.

Comment by livingonli on 10/07/2007 20:49:16
Yankees are on 6:30 on TBS tonight. They're better not be any bugs tonight.

Comment by Raine on 10/08/2007 02:47:34
SO I have it on good authority... the Yanks won... They conquered the lord of the flies...

Comment by livingonli on 10/08/2007 03:15:10
Just as long as no one hit Piggy with a rock.

Comment by livingonli on 10/08/2007 03:42:30
18 minutes and then I can go home.

Comment by BobR on 10/08/2007 03:52:38
Quote by livingonli:

Just as long as no one hit Piggy with a rock.




:rofl: