In the Bangor Daily News, columnist Ron Brown writes about an issue that I think everyone agrees with but I haven’t seen much written about: The fact that the World Series games went so late, they were almost impossible to watch.
Seemed to me that the first pitch generally started around 8:40, and so the games pretty much went past midnight.
Because it was such a dull World Series, I didn’t stay up for any last outs, but there are a lot of people wandering around Boston this week who need to catch up on their sleep.
(Also, get a life, but that’s a separate issue.)
More important, these late games make it impossible for children to watch…so how will baseball cultivate its fans this way?
The game I’m writing about, the 1978 Yankee-Red Sox playoff, started at 2:30 PM. And the starting time was one reason why it became such a memorable event for so many people roughly my ageâit marked a break in their schedule. Schools let out early, some kids watched in their school auditoriums….
But as Bucky Dent said to me when I interviewed him (take that, Sox fans), how different would it have been if that had been a night game?
If not day games, how about at least a 7:30 start time next year?