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Baseball just doesn't get it

October 22, 2008 - Neil Rudel

I saw where the World Series was scheduled for an 8 p.m. start.

Thinking maybe baseball got smart, I flipped the game on at 8:12, thinking/hoping it would be in at least the bottom of the first but knowing better.

Sure enough, the Phillies were being introduced. Now, the PA announcer is gritting out the names of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Following the Backstreet Boys' round of a national anthem, and a few commercials -- although not quite like the NFL mixes in TD/XP/commercial/kickoff/commercial -- the game's first pitch finally is uncorked at 8:38 p.m.

Yep, the national pastime just won't change, which, of course, is why it's past its time and now way, way, way behind the NFL.

This World Series has two East Coast teams, and yet the kids -- hell, even the adults -- will be hard-pressed to see the seventh-inning stretch. A lot of kids just getting interested in the sport have to be at school by 7:30 a.m., which means they're up by 6:45.

How can they stay up past 10, if they make it that far?

The leadership in baseball has cornered the market on stupidness.

It's funny: College football can announce its kickoffs just two weeks prior to its games and in some cases just six days. But baseball can't seem to show any flexibility.

Which is why anybody outside Philly and Tampa is yawning.

And many in those cities are, too.


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