Tonight, if the rain lets up, the World Series will begin between the Phillies and the Yankees. While on paper this seems like a great matchup, featuring the teams that have been the best in their respective leagues all season, I'm completely uninterested.
At the risk of sounding like a whiny blogger, this is not a World Series that captivates my interest.
Perhaps it's the story, or lack there of. While A-Rod's rise from a playoff failure to juggernaut has been interesting, I honestly can't get into it.
This is a series between the Yankees and Phillies, two teams with storied traditions and fan bases known for being jackasses, albeit in two completely separate ways. There's no one to root for here besides God, who I hope sends multiple plagues down upon the stadium until both teams are eliminated.
Usually, in a situation like this, I cheer for the team that I think has a more deserving fan base. But alas, we're stuck with the eventual champion's fans being composed of jackasses with a championship to brag about.
Another part of my disinterest in this series is the timing. Game 5 of last year's World Series was on Oct. 27 and, due to rain, finished on the Oct. 29. It wrapped up just as the NBA was starting. Literally, I flipped the channel from the World Series to the Pacers' season opener. The timing was great.
At the same point this year, we're just entering the World Series. The NBA season has begun. With the Pacers and the NHL to distract me, why would I want to watch a series between two teams I hate?
That's been the main problem with the playoffs this season. The series are split up with too many off days that kill a lot of the drama and momentum.
Baseball is played all summer on back-to-back days. Yet, when fall rolls around, it apparently becomes a sport that must have one to two days off in between each game and half-a-week off before beginning the next series. I'd much rather be on the edge of my seat for two weeks than lulled to sleep by a disjointed playoff system that kills the drama of it all.
For the fans of the Phillies and Yankees, enjoy the moment. Try not to wreck your city when you win/lose.
As for me, I'm really pulling for plagues in this one.