This is not a rant to poo-poo on the Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals. All four teams worked hard and deserve to be in their respective leagues’ championship series. Hell, I’m sure that any of those teams would put on an entertaining World Series.
Just do not expect for me – and 90% of America – not to tune in.
I know you fans from small markets do not want to read this, but none of those teams remaining in the MLB playoffs can move the needle. St. Louis comes the closest because of its baseball tradition and popularity. And there is also this Albert Pujols fellow…
Detroit, while not a small market, will not move the needle. What casual sports fan can name on person outside of pitching stud Justin Verlander on that team?
Same situation in Milwaukee. You think many casual fans can name another player outside of sluggers Prince Fielder (who may not be back next year) and Ryan Braun?
As for Texas, forget about it.
patsie commissioner Bud Selig has to be sweating bullets over how to market those four teams. No New York Yankees, no Boston Red Sox (thank God), and no Philadelphia Phillies. Oops!
What makes the playoffs in MLB great is also its Achilles heel. The unpredictablity of the playoffs makes it exciting for baseball fans everywhere. The teams with the best records do not always the World Series, meaning teams cannot simply buy a championship. That also means that the popular favorites do not always make it, which makes for lackluster ratings.
Again, this is not a diss at the remaining teams in the playoffs. That’s just the way it is.
Put it this way, how many people will be watching the championship series in BOTH leagues over Monday Night Football tonight? I rest my case…