Which means we’ve gone a quarter century without the sun shining on a World Series. Just for grins, I checked the average first-pitch temperature for those last five World Series: 53 degrees. The bulk of the late innings were played in the 40s, which is not conducive to good baseball.
When baseball first instituted a World Series night game, in 1971, it was a great public-relations move. It opened the World Series to two great baseball constituencies: schoolkids and working men.
Truth is, the romantic notion of the all-daytime World Series made the games inaccessible to millions of fans.
But now, late-night baseball does the same.
So Selig’s idea has merit. He wants to play a weekend day game in the World Series and move the night start times up to 6:50-7 p.m. Central, which is 8 p.m. in the East.
That would be a huge help.
The elephant in the batter’s box is television, and Ed Goren, president of FOX Sports, says his network is agreeable and negotiating with baseball, though he was non-committal on day games.
Almost 40 years ago, the time had come to put baseball’s greatest event in prime time. Now the time has come to start the journey back.
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