I just love the conspiracy theorists. They will tell you how much they loathe Major League Baseball because all they care about is making sure that the Yankees make it to the world series. It helps the MLB’s ratings, it gives it greater exposure, and, most importantly, the owners get to pocket a whole lot of extra money made in advertising sales.
A conspiracy theorist hopes for the day when two smaller market baseball teams play each other in the world series. “When those types of teams make it to the world series,” they say, “that’s when we will watch baseball.”
I think it’s fair to say that the Rangers and Giants are “smaller market” teams. So , let’s put their claim to the test and see what we come up with. Well, guess what? Game 3 of the world series drew the second lowest TV ratings for a world series game ever. More people watched the Saints play the Steelers in a regular season football game than watched Game 4. And the league is aware of the same plight for game 5 of the world series tonight; that more viewers will probably tune into Monday Night Football than watch what may turn out to be the last game of the baseball season. Oh- and by the way, there is virtually no doubt that the ratings for game 5 will not even come close to matching the ratings of Dancing with the Stars, which also airs tonight.
So, where are all those conspiracy theorists? Where did they go? They finally get what they want and then they disappear into thin air! Now they prefer to watch regular season football instead. And you know why that is? It’s because the Yankees, the team that most of the country loves to hate, isn’t in the world series!
Look, you can’t have it both ways. If you are really in favor of parity and want small market teams to be able to compete on equal footing with the big-market teams, then you should show your support by watching the World Series when two smaller market teams actually make it to the World Series. If you are one of the millions who aren’t watching the World Series this year because of the absence of big name teams in the Fall Classic, then you should stop bellyaching about the unfairness of the system that favors the big boys like the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies, who are willing to spend to win a championship.
So, to all of you who were rooting against a Yankees-Phillies World Series I urge you to man up, and watch the game tonight. Or just admit that you are a Yankee fan!