What’s the :07 all about anyway?

October 6, 2009

The Baseball Post-season is finally here and once again my beloved Dodgers are in the thick of things, kicking off their Divisional Series against the Cardinals. Game 1 is Wednesday night October 7 at 6:37pm PST…

6:37pm PST? 6:35 wouldn’t work? And Thursday it is a 3:07pm start time. What’s with the :07 anyways?

The bigger question is simply the playoff schedule itself. The way MLB schedules games is precisely what’s wrong with baseball in the first place and why Football and Basketball are more popular in America today. The Dodgers are in one of the biggest baseball markets (and biggest TV markets period) and yet game 2 on Thursday of the series starts in the middle of the work day? Baseball’s desire to get every game on TV is penny-wise and dollar-foolish. MLB is losing out on audience because most of LA will have to work and won’t be able to watch game 2, or at least not the first 6 innings. And the same goes for all of the teams in this year’s playoffs.

What baseball SHOULD do, is allow more than 1 game to be on at the same time. Only a small audience really cares about watching each and every game anyway, and so they need to maximize the audience for the fans of the teams in each series. St. Louis, the Dodgers 1st round opponent is 2 hours ahead of the West Coast, so why not start each game at 5:15pm PST/7:15pm CST and both markets can watch the game? I’ll catch the Yankee/Twins and Rox/Phils highlights on SportsCenter. Instead, game 1 at 6:37pm LA time, means a lot of little kids won’t still be awake to see the Dodgers beat the Cardinals in game 1 (or if they are, they will be half asleep for school the next day).

Baseball is greedy, and nothing proves it more then looking at the start times of the games. Wake up baseball and start focusing on your REAL audience, not your perceived audience.

I’m lucky – I make my own schedule and I won’t miss a pitch of the Dodger games this week. Not everyone is in my situation though and now there are multiple losers… the fans who can’t watch the game because it is on too early or too late, and baseball who is losing out on audience.

As long as the Dodgers don’t lose, I’ll still be happy.

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a win isn’t always just a win

August 27, 2009

Today my faith has been restored in the Dodgers… I complained loudly everywhere I could in recent days and weeks. They showed no passion. No urgency. No indication that they WANTED to win. But today’s 3-2 win, and overall series win against the Rox changed all that.

After an emotionally brutal loss Tuesday night in extra innings, especially after the boys in blue rallied to tie it in the 9th, they came out last night and today with a fervor, a purpose – They ARE still the team to beat in the NL West and the National League overall. They showed grit, they showed determination and they showed the Rockies who remains boss in the NL West.

Today was a good win for the Dodgers and all Dodger fans. Today the Dodgers got their confidence back – and they got their mojo back (a fact many, including yours truly has questioned recently). On to Cinci then home for 4 against the D’backs…. I can smell October!

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where were they hiding the fat lady?

August 24, 2009

Do you have an iPhone? I do, and the MLB At Bat application is the best $10 I’ve spent in a long time. Tonight, it allowed me to keep up to date on the Giants/Rockies game in Denver while I did other things around the house.

The iPhone battery is, well, let’s just say the Energizer Bunny isn’t a fan. So when I saw the hated Giants take a 3 run lead in the top of the 14th, I turned off the phone to save the battery… and did so with every confidence the Giants were going to win and that as my beloved Dodgers invade Coors Field tomorrow night, even a sweep by the home team would leave the Boys in Blue a 1 game lead. Ever the Optimist? Ever the Pessimist? These are the Giants. The Hated ones. I should have known better.

But, it’s truly never over ’til the fat lad sings, and tonight she’s bellowing out a loud raucous tune… a grand slam in the bottom of the 14th caps a Dodger-esque rally by the Rox – and now this little 3 game series, that only 5 weeks ago looked like a gnat on the but of an elephant, becomes an even more crucial series for the Dodgers. A season on the brink. There I said it. And every member of that Dodger roster, coaches and players, better say it over and over in their heads because unless they come in with the passion and urgency that we saw from the Dodgers when Manny got suspended, this little series could turn their dreamy season into a nightmare. A month ago the Dodgers were making post-season plans. But now they’re a sweep away from the only post-season plans being made are for tee-times.

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