Friday, October 28, 2016

So Far, So...

Memo to the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs:  I know that you are both kinda, sorta new to the whole World Series business.  I am inclined therefore to cut you some slack.  As a baseball fan, I am thrilled that after two games, you are tied 1-1.  That being said, I beg you to play a game that is actually compelling and competitive at some point this weekend in Chicago.  

The first two games of the Series have featured two brilliantly-pitched games.  Unfortunately, in Game One all of the brilliance resided on the Cleveland side of the field and in Game Two, it was completely consumed by Jake Arrieta of the Cubs.  

Major League Baseball will honor the historical significance of playing a World Series game at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field for the first time in seven-plus decades...by playing all three of this weekend's games at night.  Of course all three games will be played at night.  Baseball's pursuit of the almighty TV dollar being what it is, there was zero possibility that fans of the Cubbies would be permitted to attend at day-time World Series game at Wrigley Field.  Same as it ever was, I suppose.  

Neither the fans or the Cubs nor Yours truly should take it personally.  Baseball's whoring of itself for television dollars is not a new phenomenon.  No World Series game has been played in the daytime since Game Four of the 1987 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Minnesota Twins, which was played in Minnesota at the Twins' then-home, the Metrodome.  Ah, nothing says great American pastime quite as much as playing baseball indoors, during the daytime, on a concrete-covered rug.  The last time a World Series game played outdoors started in the daylight was October 14, 1984, which was the fifth and final game of the World Series in which Sparky Anderson's Detroit Tigers defeated the San Diego Padres.  First pitch at Tiger Stadium was 4:30 PM, which guaranteed that the game finished after the sun had gone down.  

Thankfully, not having to worry about pesky little things such as honoring the history of his sport or one of its seminal franchises has left Commissioner Manfred free to devote his time and energy to truly important issues...such as the resurrection of Chief Wahoo.  

Hey Indians and Cubs, if you delight all of us with a weekend full of competitive, close baseball, none of this other junk will matter.  Not even a little.  

No pressure. 

-AK 

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