DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) – “If you make it, you make it”. That sounds like something the great Yogi Berra would say but I think that would also apply to the current state of the Major League Baseball Playoffs.
Now in it’s second year of one game wild card mayhem, MLB has officially “jumped the shark” when it comes to their postseason programming and this is one show that needs to be cancelled.
I’m assuming the idea of the additional wild card game was to recreate some of the magic that we have seen over the years when there was a tie for the division or a wild card playoff spot but that hasn’t happened.
Are these games dramatic, compelling, or extraordinary? NO! Average, awkward, and forgettable is more like it.
MLB is delusional if they think their sport can capture a national audience the way that college football, basketball, and the NFL does. The days of being America’s pastime are over.
What they need to realize is that baseball is a unique game, with a unique and loyal fan base. Play to them not to the masses. This is not the NFL where a contest between two second place teams, who were not good enough to win their division, still makes for an interesting and exciting match-up.
This is modern day baseball with an over expanded league full of teams and diluted rosters that the average fan can no longer relate to.
I didn’t watch a Rays vs. Indians game during the regular season why would I want to watch one now? Boring.
Baseball has officially become boring even to the ones who defended it’s boredom for decades.
While the league can put a nice spin job on things saying that an added wildcard keeps your hometown team in the race like never before, the bottom line to this game is their bottom line.
One more playoff game is more revenue from the cable networks and the hopes of another sold out crowd at home is an added bonus.
Over time fans will begin to realize that this system is flawed and winning the wild card is just a glorified participation award for teams and no name players who don’t deserve to be there in the first place.
Thanks for playing Reds, Indians, and Rangers. Make some room in the trophy case for your latest meaningless accomplishment and I hope you enjoyed the pizza and ice cream party that Bud Selig provided at seasons end.
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