Nobody would have cared had it been a baseball game. Or even a playoff game being played during the current presidential debates. Why? There just isn’t nearly the interest in baseball today.
In fact, if you ask around your work place today and question your friends and fellow workers about who is even in the baseball playoffs, my guess is NOBODY will be able to name more than a couple teams, if that.
Odd isn’t it?
Here we talk tons about why the Royals suck each year and still the attendance – while near the bottom of the league – is still over 1.7 million people. In fact, the Royals outdrew the playoff bound Oakland A’s (they had 1.6 million).
Of greater significance is that teams like the New York Yankees draw 3.5 million a year. And that the Royals outdraw the Chiefs 3 to 1 (I know the Chiefs only have 10 games, but it still seems kinda funny when you think about it).
So what happened to America’s favorite pastime?
It seems to be just fading away. Folks around here often say we have less interest because the Royals are so far removed from being a contender. There’s some of truth to that. I’m sure people in St. Louis are much more up on baseball than most cities because they are in the post season every year – or so it seems.
Today’s MLB baseball today is now a game of Hispanic players for the most part.
Fewer and fewer Americans play the game.
Kids are not growing up with it being the big deal it once was. Basketball, Soccer and Football have replaced baseball for many youngsters. In TV land, pro football, college football and now even both college Basketball and the pro basketball playoffs are bigger than baseball.
People say its because the game is slow. Maybe so, but it didn’t seem that way when millions of Americans had their radios and TV’s dialed into see or hear Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson or even George Brett in the post season.
The bars were full of people watching, kids ditched school to see post season games and especially the World Series. Even Stanford’s like many restaurants and night spots had to plan for much slower nights during the World Series or playoffs – whether the Royals were in it or not.
Bars do not fill up to watch Texas vs. Baltimore or Washington vs. say the Giants. Most people just don’t care. They know little or nothing about any of the teams in the league except maybe their own – if even that.
Far fewer people can name players on their own teams today.
It’s just not exciting around here to talk about Oakland, Detroit, New York, Texas, Baltimore or St.Louis, San Fran, Cincinnati, Atlanta or Washington.
We just don’t care and most people here won’t watch any of those games.
In fact, not that many people will watch that don’t live in those cities. Now if it was the NFL playoffs the TV ratings would soar.
Yet players are still getting tons of dough and playing forever. It’s going to be a slower death – kinda like newspapers and greeting cards – but just the same 20 years from now baseball may be a far less important sport on TV or anywhere else. And that’s too bad.
Once upon a time it was: “I love baseball, the park, how it smells, the people cheering, the lights so bright…and then just when you need it the most…its over.” George Brett.