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The Network Suits over at FOX just had their wet dream match-up blow up in the last two days - rather than the mind blowing ratings potential of cubbies-red sox, they are left with a series that most of the country could care less about. Outside of New York and Florida, who is really going to care enough to watch ? And even the people of Florida spent most of the season not caring about or watching the marlins. It would be fun to see the yanks get spanked by the marlins but that ain't going to happen - I'll make sure to be out of the office when they have the parade.

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Didn't they say that in the Marlins-Indians series?



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I'll keep watching because the baseball has been so awesome that I hope it keeps up. I hope Josh Beckett throws three shutouts and the Marlins win.



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What a yawner. This should be even more boring than the Yankees/Diamondbacks series, and that's saying something. I'm not even going to bother to watch.

See you next year, MLB.



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Somehow I doubt that NBC and CBS will be pulling new editions of their top shows for this WS like they did for the LCS seventh games.



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    Originally posted by Jakegnosis
    What a yawner. This should be even more boring than the Yankees/Diamondbacks series, and that's saying something. I'm not even going to bother to watch.

    See you next year, MLB.


You mean the "boring" World Series where two games were decided by walk-off home runs and the seventh game featured the best playoff closer of all-time getting beaten in the bottom of the ninth? Geez...what's it take for an exciting series?



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Hey, as long as this Series has the same result as the 2001 edition, I'm in favour of it. Get Pudge a ring.



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Pudge only signed a 1 year deal right? So most likey he will be off to bigger market come next year.

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Very anti-climatic World Series indeed.

I mean coming off the biggest rivalry matchup in baseball (Yanks-BoSox) and on the other side having a team with such a history and liking as the Cubs all playing in the Division Final.

Heck even the Wild Card was fantastic Cubs-Braves team corporate with annoying tomahawk chop fans who's in the playoffs ever year vs. Cubbies who everyone like. Gaint with Bonds vs. Marlines... Plus RedSox vs. A's, Can the A's go over the hump? and of course the RedSox story and of course Yanks-Twins big market vs. little market matchup.

But Yanks-Marlins is just boring. Sure you can play big market vs. little market. But the Marlins already won in the past 5 years just to disassemble the team just to come out of the blue. I'm much more interesting in a team like the A's or the Twins who we seen grow as a team over time. Florida just seems to backdoor in, plus their owner is a total jerk.




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Last week my wife was asking me to explain the curse she’s been hearing about. So I told her about the Billy Goat and the Curse of the Bambino. She said, “Oh...now I understand. I was wondering how you could spend so much time watching something SO BORING. Now I get it. They must have really good storylines to go with the games.”

People are captivated by the story of curses. Everyone’s dream matchup was a Red Sox/Cubs World Series. I wasn’t that captivated, because both teams have the exact same story. They were both trying to break a curse. I’d rather see a championship matchup between two teams that can’t lose as opposed to two teams that can’t win.

Everyone was so busy focused on the curse that they missed out on the big picture. The Curse was really the B storyline. This year Sosa and Bonds were only supporting characters. Pedro Martinez was just the sideshow. The main event is a Yankees/Marlins battle in a World Series that nobody wanted to see. (An ESPN Poll on possible World Series matchups had only 4% vote in favor of seeing the Yankees/Marlins.)

We already had the foreshadowing after Game 2 in the NLCS when Prior was still pitching in the 8th inning with an 11 run lead. To know when to pull a starting pitcher just takes a pencil and paper. Put a check mark down after each pitch and once you get to 110 marks, the starter is done. The only retort came from Dusty Baker. When asked about the high pitch count he said, “Fuck Bobby Valentine!”

The casual fans who have been following just the subplots can still catch up with the story. We can skip the chapter on the Yankees because everyone has seen it already. Regarding the Marlins, now is not too late to catch up with them. Even their own fans didn’t start following the team until October. There are a lot of good plotlines here.

A dozen years ago the city was chosen for a franchise over Buffalo, DC, Orlando, and Phoenix. Soon after that they won the World Series only to be quickly betrayed by a rotten owner more concerned with video late fees. Now they have a new owner who got an old man to manage mid-season. Everyone assumed that the old man was just filling in by falling asleep in the dugout, when he actually was a good coach. Their leader is a veteran all-star catcher that nobody wanted. The leadoff hitter is the fastest man in baseball. Their best hitter is playing with a broken hand. The guy who replaced him is a kid fresh out of high school. Their pitching has been poor during the postseason. The much hyped rookie with a funky leg kick has been too wild. The lone bright spot is an ace who threw a shutout in Game 5 and came back on just 2 days rest to send them into the finals. Their closer is a journeyman on his 4th team in 3 years.

You could also view the Marlins/Yankees matchup as David vs. Goliath, youth vs. wisdom, poor vs. rich, democrats vs. republicans, speed vs. power, fluke vs. dynasty, chaos vs. order, etc. The theme boils down to Good vs. Evil (the evil empire). The scrappy overacheivers vs. the cocky millionaires club. They like to paint it in terms of black and white.

The most enduring picture of the playoffs is still that Cubs fan. His malicious interference prevented Alou from making a routine catch. Only the truth is more in shades of grey. In fact if that fan hadn’t done anything, it would’ve been the other fan in the grey shirt that caught that ball. The ball was in the front row seats. That is the domain of the fans. The outfielder must battle them to get the ball. It is not supposed to be an easy play. If there was any illegal interference during the play, the umpires would’ve called it, but there wasn’t.

Still that is the one story that resonates most with the public. It sounds like something Homer Simpson would’ve done. People can relate to Joe Schmo touching a ball he should not have touched. They can think about what they would’ve done in the same situation...or at least what they would like to think they would’ve done. On the other hand, they can’t relate to the story of Pudge Rodriguez getting rejected by a handful of teams (Cubs-included) before having to settle for just $10 million from Florida.
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.54

    People are captivated by the story of curses. Everyone’s dream matchup was a Red Sox/Cubs World Series. I wasn’t that captivated, because both teams have the exact same story. They were both trying to break a curse. I’d rather see a championship matchup between two teams that can’t lose as opposed to two teams that can’t win.


Are you kidding? A Series between the two most cursed teams in sports? How is that not enthralling?? If anything, it's worth watching just to see who chokes in every game.




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    Originally posted by Justin_Caudell
    Dude wut the hell is your problem? Nobody is goin 2 watch? R u completely out of your mind. It don't matter if your in Florida OR New York 2 watch the series! If your a baseball fan you will watch no matter wut! I wuz born and raised in Florida and now I live in North Carolina. Well im in NC and rooting for Florida in the World Series, but yet according 2 u only people in Florida & New York care! Get your facts str8!


First off, unless you're Prince, learn to type in English. We don't charge by the character or post here.

Second, I just can't care about this Series. Battle of two douchebag owners? Nope. Not like I'm being a bitter Red Sox fan, either... I'd watch Yankees/Cubs. It's just not something I particularly care for. A couple of compelling games, then sure, I'll watch. But they haven't grabbed me yet.



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.36
Well according to this article (tv.zap2it.com) somebody must be watching. Key passage from the linked article:

"With both "cursed" teams eliminated from the baseball playoffs, ratings for Game 1 of the World Series took a dip from the League Championship Series. Still, FOX won Saturday's race by a wide margin.

FOX averaged a 9.8 rating/18 share in primetime, easily beating CBS' 5.5/10. NBC came in third at 4.7/8, while ABC trailed at 3.9/7.

Among adults 18-49, FOX led with a 5.3 rating, more than double that of second-place ABC, 2.6. NBC averaged 2.4 and CBS 1.9."


So it doesn't look as if they'll be passing around the Kool Aid at FOX anytime soon.



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Let's see what the ratings are like once they're dealing with weeknight primetime programming. And really, for the ratings they were drawing in the LCS, this is a fairly strong drop, which is not supposed to be the trend going towards the championship.



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