Does anybody else think that these stories about the MLB competing with the NFL in profites aren't just smoke and mirrors? Even the dedicated football fans I know right now seem disillusioned, more interested in their fantasy teams than their real teams. The MLB playoffs are full of fresh blood and and there have been pulse-pounding endings to spare in the last three weeks. In the NFL, Peter King is grasping at straws, describing a game where the winning team's quarterback threw five interceptions and probably should have thrown another three or four had both teams not played so badly as one for the ages. Only a few flat-earthers (who coincidentally seem to be all Patriots fans and as such have awarded the World Series to the Red Sox already) think that the Rockies and the Diamondbacks being in the NLCS is bad for baseball.
You know what? TV ratings are one thing, but the atmosphere in Denver (and the resale I'm going to get on my extra tickets for Games 4 and, if necessary, 5) are another entirely. People want to be baseball fans again in Denver, and people in New York and Chicago and Los Angeles aren't going to stop being baseball fans because some of the have-nots are having a go of it this year. In fact, maybe this NLCS will be the one that reminds people who have become Red Sox or Yankee or Dodger followers exclusively of the days when people all over the country used to watch the national game on weekends no matter what two team were playing. Baseball is more fun to watch the more you know about it, and this year you're going to have to learn the names of at least a few young guys you don't know about yet. Myself included -- I've been sleeping like everyone else on the young arms Cleveland has both in the rotation and in relief.
But tonight it's all about the Mountain Time Zone, as the Arizona Diamondbacks host your Colorado Rockies. I have band practice for the first part of the game, but I trust you all to break this one down and build it back up on your own.