MLB Playoffs: A TV Exec's Worst Nightmare

Mike AllenCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2007

IconBefore the MLB postseason began, network executives were drooling at the prospect of a big-market ratings bonanza.

There were the Cubs in the National League, aiming to finally beat the Curse of the Billy Goat. 

In the AL, it was the Yankees and the Red Sox, both of whom promised draw to big TV audiences across the country. 

A Red Sox-Cubs series would have been a particular boon. It almost happened in 2003. 2007 looked to be the year the dream finally came true.

Unfortunately, things haven't quite panned out. 

As I'm penning this article (does anyone pen anymore?), the Cleveland Indians have just taken a 3-1 ALCS lead over the Red Sox, with the next game in Cleveland.

In the Senior Circuit, meanwhile, the Colorado Rockies (yes, that really is the name of a baseball team) are sitting at home waiting to face the AL winner.

I wonder how many inches of snow will be on the turf at Coors Field before Game Three of the Fall Classic.

Of course the Red Sox could still pull a miracle comeback à la 2004—and salvage a little sunshine for those network execs whose drool has turned to tears.

I might be a biased fan, but if the Sox can get another stellar performance from Josh Beckett in Game Five, and if their offense can quit playing like a remake of The Night Of The Living Dead, it just might happen. 

Win in Cleveland, come home to friendly Fenway for Games Six and Seven, and who knows—some of those TV moguls might back away from the ledge on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building...and light a victory cigar in honor of Arnold "Red" Auerbach.

What the hell does Auerbach have to do with this article?  Not a thing, but I couldn't come up with a snappier Bostonian ending.

My advice: Let it be, and light up a victory cigar of your own—no matter which team you root for.

Hey, everyone can dream, right?