2008 World Series: So Why Is It That People Aren't Interested?

C KSenior Analyst IOctober 28, 2008

Before this World Series, I predicted that ratings would not be down this year. I thought all the negativity was just hoopla and that it would be a very well covered World Series.

As it turns out, I was wrong. Ratings were the lowest they have ever been for a game five last night. Also, game four drew the highest ratings of the series, yet it still only earned a 9.3 rating, which is less than last year's game four.

I'm sad to say it, but you all were right. People just aren't interested in this series. But when you think about it, how are they not?

First of all, they were covered so much on ESPN and FOX all season long, how are they not covered now?

The Rays may not have been on ESPN's baseball telecasts at all, but they were still covered like crazy on SportsCenter, and the Phillies were on ESPN's baseball telecasts like crazy and were covered for all of September. So how is it that people don't like these teams? Does it show how much ESPN over-hypes everything (what else is new)? Or is it just the fact that people have grown tired of the Rays' story.

I don't know which it is, but it is confusing to me.

Secondly, both teams are full of young superstars who all knowledgeable baseball fans know.

Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, and Chase Utley are three of the best at their respective positions in the game of baseball. Pat Burrell can hit 25 home runs and 85 RBI's every year. Shane Victorino is a spark plug who never stops going. Cole Hamels has shown just how amazing he is. Brett Myers has a fire about him that everyone loves. Brad Lidge has been an amazing story. The rest of the bullpen is on fire. The list goes on and on.

Evan Longoria is a rookie sensation. B.J. Upton is a young and explosive player. Carlos Pena has proved himself to be a reliable hitter for two years in a row now with the Rays. Scott Kazmir and James Shields are two great pitchers. David Price is a young talent everyone is interested in. This list is a little shorter, but it's up there.

But the big thing about the Rays isn't the fact that they have stars, it's their unlikely winning that I would think would give them interest. They were the worst team in the league almost every year before this season, and now they are in the World Series. Come on folks!

So how is it that these two teams don't attract attention? You have possibly the most star-studded team in the majors in the Phillies and a huge surprise in the Rays. It's dumbfounding to me that they aren't getting large viewership.

Finally, both of these teams have been in a heated race all year long and the interest for both ball clubs was building, so how do this not help their ratings?

The Phillies led the NL East for much of the first half, but the Mets came out of the blue to come back and lead the East for much of August. ESPN covered the Mets and Phillies like crazy.

In fact, the Phillies were on MLB prime time more than any other team for the last few months of the season. The Phillies were becoming one of the most known teams in baseball.

Plus, their large market only helped out their coverage.

In Tampa, the smaller market for the Rays was a problem, but they were getting national attention from the get-go.

The story for May was "Is this Rays team for real?".

The story for June was "When will the Rays fall?".

These stories continued in the summer and every Red Sox/Rays series was big. Fans didn't go to Rays games until the playoffs, but once the playoffs did start, they were selling out and the city has shown some buzz over the team.

I'm so confused. How do these two teams not gain many viewers? I don't get it.

Maybe I'm a little biased being a Phillies' fan, but I would think every true baseball fan would love this hard-core pitching battle for most of the series.

I just don't comprehend the situation. If you do, inform me at the bottom, because I'm just not catching on.