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B-A-bay, B-E-bee, B-I-bickley-boo-boo.
This situation is even stickier, and fortunately for baseball’s commissioner, there’s an easy fix. All he has to do is shorten the regular season enough to accommodate a best-of-three format in the opening round. The decrease in gate receipts for lost regular-season games will be offset by television revenue from additional playoff games. And thanks to all the drug-fueled cheaters of the Steroid Era, the record book is already damaged beyond repair. The top 15 on the home-run list features six of the most loathsome figures in the game’s history: Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro and Manny Ramirez.
The belief that statistics and numbers build a bridge for generations, allowing grandfathers and children to speak a universal language, is now just a myth. There is no tradition left to uphold, no reason to cling to a 162-game season.
Whatever the method, Selig needs to reassess this very transparent attempt to infuse and sell the sudden-death syndrome that marks the NFL playoffs, where the win-or-go home stakes can captivate a nation. Before he rides off into the sunset, Selig needs to change this horrible format before it stains his legacy — and breaks someone’s heart for good.
Posted: October 03, 2013 at 04:58 AM | 89 comment(s)
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