I bet most baseball fans despise super-agent Scott Boras. Not me. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t like the guy, but I don’t think he’s responsible for ruining the game as some would have you believe. If owners are stupid enough to sign players to ridiculous contracts, that’s their problem. Boras is just doing his job. And last I checked, he had nothing to do with MLB ignoring the steroid issue for more than a decade.
But now it appears Boras wants to truly contribute to the continued desecration of what used to be known as “America’s Pastime.” This weekend, he detailed his proposal for a nine-game World Series which would open with two games at a neutral site. The idea is to create a marketing bonanza that could one day rival the Super Bowl.
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Great. Just what we all need. Nothing like seeing the first two games of the Fall Classic being played in front of an entire stadium filled with apathetic fans with no rooting interest and corporate big wigs who don’t care about the game being played in front of them. Should make for a fantastic atmosphere. And as for the best-of-nine-format idea, who didn’t watch the last three World Series match-ups (all of which ended in five games or less) and think, “Gee, there’s nothing I’d love more than to subject myself to even more of this boring-ass, pathetic excuse for a championship series”?
This is a truly horrible idea so, naturally, I expect the MLB head honchos to embrace it whole-heartedly at some point. After all, these are the same people who brought you such edge-of-your-seat moments like the cancelled World Series in ’94, the steroid scandal and an All-Star game that ended in a tie.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The Super Bowl blows. Kkeep in mind, this is coming from the biggest NFL fan on the planet.) It’s the most overrated, over-hyped and underwhelming sporting event in the country. So please, baseball, for the love of God, don’t create another one. I mean, what’s next? Frequent four-hour marathons, ubiquitous corporate sponsorship, and juiced players obliterating the game’s most hallowed records?
On second thought, just do whatever the hell you want. Your league sucks, anyway. – Jason Friedman