We’ve already gone over the fact that November starts two and a half hours from now and therefore the baseball season should be over as Game 3 of the World Series starts. Inevitably, it’s very rainy in Philadelphia tonight, creating less-than-ideal conditions for both the fans in attendance and the baseball players playing the game. If it’s raining in Philadelphia the same way it’s raining here in New York tonight, this game should be rained out. However, it is not rained out.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m an advocate of playing through a lot of bad weather conditions. After working in the sport for three years, I think baseball players are a lot of crybabies because a lot of them don’t like to play unless it’s 75 and sunny. But you can tell that baseball probably shouldn’t be played in Philadelphia tonight.
But sure enough, it is being played. With all eyes on this game, baseball is supposed to be showcasing its two best teams. But Johnny Damon’s slipping on the warning track, employees are squeegeeing the outfield fervently, and the game started when rain was still falling—something that rarely ever happens in baseball.
I’ll tell you the answer. FOX doesn’t want to rain this game out, because they’re planning on broadcasting “So You Think You Can Dance” during the scheduled off-day on Tuesday. Nobody’s actually saying this, but you know it’s true. It has to be true. Why else would you actually play baseball tonight?
What if in the first inning Damon, while slipping on the warning track (which he did, by the way), tore his hamstring? Maybe good news for our boy From the Bronx, because it means Brett Gardner’s getting more at-bats. But one of the best baseball players available in this game is out of action. It might cost him several million dollars as his contract is coming up this winter. But Commissioner Selig is in bed with the producers at FOX, and among the many things that Selig doesn’t care about is the well-being of his players. The commissioner cares about the broadcast network (who does a poor job in the first place) being happy broadcasting an awful show on a scheduled off night instead of the marquee players of his own sport.
The fact that “So You Think You Can Dance” is among the worst shows on television (insert Steve Harvey Show joke here) is irrelevant. Every postseason we see another way baseball’s lack of planning (“Holy crap! It might rain at the end of October in the Northeast!”) and pathetic leadership leads to another mishandling of baseball’s most precious gem.
FOX should already be ashamed of themselves after Scooter the Talking Baseball, the “RIGHT NOW!!11” graphic, and almost a decade of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. But Major League Baseball should be ashamed that FOX prioritizes shows like “So You Think They Can Dance” over their own freaking sport.