Baseball has become a boring part of our American past.
Trying to keep up with youAnd I don't know if I can do itOh no, I've said too muchI haven't said enough
-REM, "Losing My Religion"
Baseball is a boring sport. This is a fact I've been wrestling with for well over a year now, and it's a conclusion I'm confident in stating. I consider myself to be what you'd call an above average baseball fan. I've been updating this blog for almost six years now, making this the 1,265th post made on SawxBlog - and in order to keep this blog breathing I've attended a plethora of games at Fenway, watched hundreds of games on TV, and have poured over statistics, websites, blogs, boards, and books at a pace considered ravenous. I've professed my love for the game continuously, and have claimed baseball as a religion more than once. After all of this, I think I may be losing my religion, and I have football to blame and thank for that.
"Ratings for last night: worst possible NFL game with 2 crap markets (7.2); best possible MLB playoff game with 2 huge markets (6.5)."
Ask any Red Sox fan who the most intense player on the Sox is, and you'll get a large majority of Youk answers. Kevin was on 98.5 the Sports Hub's Felger and Mazz Show this week and said that he's tried to watch some of the games, but typically falls asleep by the fourth inning. Think about that. Youk is not a laid back guy. He's the most intense player on one of the biggest market teams with a passionate fanbase and he can't get excited for a game he's not in. He went on to say the below:
"I love playing, I just don't like watching... I'd rather watch football, even if I'm not a fan of the team I'm watching"
- Fantasy Football
- More fun to bet on.
- Only once a week.
I don't know how to "fix" baseball, but I would say 162 games is too much. I would rather watch a Celtic pre-season game over the MLB playoffs, and I RARELY watch the Sox in Spring Training. No lie. Shit, the NFL has the opposite problem right now, they want to add MORE games, and the people would eat it up like a Sunday tortilla chip. I was talking with my friend Ryan the other day and told him I had a football problem. I confessed watching, and getting into a CFL game on the NFL network. I'm still ashamed.
Another problem for baseball is that the generation coming up doesn't have the attention span, or bedtime allotment to watch the games. The majority of football games are on during the day on a weekend, while a typical baseball game is on during the week, and ends after 10:00pm, 11:00pm if you're a Red Sox fan. With a new generation coming behind me, they're not going to care about baseball like I did, it's just a fact. Is it sad. Sure. But I'm not one to fight evolution, and in America, Football rules, today, and for the foreseeable future.