Wednesday, October 03, 2007
The Post Season Sham
Nothing better than The Post Season in Baseball. Never do you know what the outcome will be. Never do you know who will be the hero. What you can be assured of though--is that Major League Baseball will take advantage of all the best fans in each and every playoff bound city.
As well documented in today's Washington Post--Major League Baseball allows The Television Networks to control the entire game schedule. Never is the best interest of the game considered. Only, the High & Mighty Dollar. Sure, losing control of your product to television has gone on for years, but never to the extent exhibited for Fall, 2007. That's why so many off days are set for The 2007 Division, League Championship and World Series Games this fall. The Integrity of Baseball DOES NOT MATTER to MLB, Fox or TBS. Its more important to get advertisers, the Green Backs--than it is to force playoff teams to win with what got them to the post season--their entire rosters. The Schedule Maneuvering coddles teams--Kills momentum. And, lets any Manager make less daring decisions. Yes--Your 25 Man Roster got you to The Post Season. But, Your 15 Man Roster will Win It for you.
Its Just not right. The Post Season is not about balanced competition--its a Staged Event. If Sohna and I wish to see a farce--we'll watch Wrestlemania.
Yet, that issue is not as bad as How Major League Baseball treats the BEST FANS for each and every Post Season Team. First, not only do many games go late into the night (for TV purposes)--many of The BEST SEATS at each and every Playoff Game are taken over by Major League Baseball and their Corporate Sponsors. It why you see the constant silliness of Fox showing their Prime Time Lineup Stars sitting near the field. Its why you see so many NOT WEARING the Home Team Colors of the Playoff Game at Hand.
MLB gives those GIFT SEATS To THEIR Favorites--The Big Money. While Each Playoff Team gives Their Favorite Fans the Big Shove--farther away the field. No, it does not matter that you may well have attended every game. All that matters is that you do not sponsor Major League Baseball. As a fan for Your Team--you are just the little guy. In the whole scheme of things--fans don't really matter in the playoffs. Remember back in 2005--that Fabulous Inaugural Season for Our Washington Nationals? When Washington was still in the playoff hunt in September--Major League Baseball sent out Deposit Slips and Seat Locations if--by chance--Our Washington Nationals made the 2005 Division Series. Of course, MLB asked for the entire Kit & Kaboodle. The costs were exorbinant, (in fact, playoff tickets, for Sohna and I, were nearly as costly as Our Entire 2005 Season Ticket Package), but that's not my point to make here. Maybe, some other time.
And, MLB asked that EVERYONE PAY FOR EACH AND EVERY PLAYOFF and Potential World Series Game--even if Washington did not make it that far. Of course, you could not get a refund. That money would go to MLB's Coffers--as Future Purchases--forwarded to your 2006 Season Ticket Account. As bad as that seemed--fortunately, I never paid up--as it was CLEAR Our Nats were floundering too badly down the stretch to make the playoffs.
But, more importantly, and the gist of this post--MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL informed a few thousand Season Ticket Holders at RFK Stadium that their 2005 Playoff Seats--if Washington competed--would not be their regular seats. So MLB and their Corporate Sponsors could be TREATED to the playoff games. Our Washington Nationals Season Ticket Holders--with the highest price seats--would be TREATED to The Upper Deck at RFK! How Nice. How comforting that Major League Baseball cared so much.
It was a Sham then in 2005. And, its a Sham now in 2007. For the love of money--Major League Baseball diminishes The GREAT GAME during The Post Season--at a time The Interest should be The Highest--from each and every most Faithful Fan of any Franchise.
Major League Baseball doesn't seem to care.
At Citizen Bank Park this afternoon--most of the seats down low near home plate--seemingly not Phillie Fans. When Aaron Rowand and Pat Burrell hit homers in the 5th--not much cheering from behind that plate. In fact, not a sea of Red & White Colors. Very different from Our Washington Nationals last game of the season played there--just three days ago. Yeah, The Upper Reaches and Down the lines sat The Philadelphia Fans. But, Clearly--not all of whom had the luxury of sitting behind Home Plate--or near The Dugout--as customary.
Yeah--I live in the 21st Century. Money has always talked. And, Corporate Greed never greater than in The Good Ole USA these days. But, it doesn't make it right--when Real Fans--You or I--are shouldered aside at the time Our Interest In The Great Game is at its Highest Peak.
When Our Team--is fighting for The Championship.
If and When Our Washington Nationals make The Post Season--I don't want to be told that I CAN'T sit in my Customary Seat--My Viewing Station for EACH AND EVERY Home Game of Our Washington Nationals, EVER!!--because some Vice President Of Marketing for Chevrolet, Ford, Budweiser, Sony (Whomever--you get the point) feels its necessary to show himself for self gratification. A Sponsor that has ZERO INTEREST in the outcome of the game at hand. That would suck. That would have me fired up like no other.
If I have supported Our Washington Nationals through thick and thin--I better be accommodated when Glory is at Hand.
Nothing else is acceptable. Nothing. Otherwise--Its all A Sham!!