MLB popularity continues to wane. In fact, I think it is the number 4 professional sport in the US behind, NFL Football, NBA, NCAA College Football, — but it is still ahead of NHL, NCAA Basketball and PGA Golf. But for one brief moment I became absorbed in MLB’s last game of 2014 with a nail biter game that was won by the San Francisco Giants. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Alex Gordon took an outside pitch and lined it to left center that got by the Giants center fielder. He got to third and stopped there — but was really hoping initially to take a chance and go home and beat an errant throw or have the next batter drive him in and send it to extra innings. The game had the potential to be reminiscent of the 1986 World Series when the Mets down to their last out and to their last strike, put a rally together with three consecutive weakly hit singles and Bill Buckner’s gaffaw to end the game and send it to game 7, where the Mets came from behind again to take that World Series.
But just for a second the fire was still lit. There was excitement and buzz for MLB Baseball and hope that baseball will take some of this energy and transfer it to an interesting 2015.
The Glimmer of the game which traces it origins in the US back to the Civil War needs work. I have one suggestion, actually two: 1) Scale back the season to 158 games to allow the Wildcards to have a best of three series instead of a one game playoff, 2)Start game one of the World Series on a Saturday night instead of a Tuesday night; this will allow kids and families to watch it instead of starting on a Tuesday night where ratings will tend to be lower. I’m not an MLB executive but that is my opinion. I respect the MLB for trying to improve the game and I know that there is a lot of work and marketing involved in the process.
Congratulations again to the Giants and the Royals for another great World Series.