World Series: Who cares?

October 22, 2011

My, how the times have changed.

When I was in my teens, I couldn't wait to rush home from school to watch the World Series. Going back 40-some years, most games were played in the afternoon (the way the game was originally meant to be played). The spectacle was especially enticing when our hometown Orioles were participating. My heart would pulsate wildly with high hopes of our boys bringing home another championship.

Today, I find mostly indifference among friends and family when it comes to the World Series. Some don't know it's occurring or which teams are playing. It saddens me that there is a general feeling of disinterest in what used to be a major sporting event.

I'm certain it's tough for markets outside the two teams participating to maintain keen interest. Mid-market teams dominated the playoffs this season. The NFL now rules the television sports audience. Major League Baseball has lost a large portion of its younger audience and needs to address that. It then needs to address the massive loss of adult fans or the long, slow slide will continue.

Soon, there will be a new World Series champion for 2011, and all I will hear is a collective yawn and "who cares?" Baseball is a great game. This is not the way it was meant to be treated.

Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham

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