This World Series has sucked for a couple of reasons. But let me say the things I’ve liked about it first:
The schedule has been good. Unlike the NBA Finals, the World Series is moving along at a nice clip. One travel day between the sections of the 2-3-2 and games on all the other days.
The teams seem reasonably evenly matched. While the Phils might still win it in 5 games, it hasn’t been like the blowout sweeps by the Red Sox, White Sox, Cardinals and Red Sox of the past four title series.
Ok, now that all that’s out of the way, here’s why it sucks:
The umps/MLB offices have blown several calls. I’m not sure any of them qualify on the level of the Royals-Cardinals series in ’85 but there have been a number of tags missed and terrible strike zones employed through the 4.5 games. Replay, which exists only for home run disputes, could’ve been implemented for wider ranging options but shamefully was not. So we end up having to hear about multiple official apologies from the umpires. Terrible.
Also, calling off the game last night and the super late start to Game 4. Cold rain sucks but it’s a fact of life in a place like Philadelphia in late October. You can’t have a game start as late as Game 4 did and expect the teams to be at all coherent in the game the next day. Apparently Game 4 was a good, close game but it’s not like I saw it because it was still the fifth inning when I went to sleep after midnight!
And last night’s game was just disgraceful. Very few baseball games have ever gone through that kind of rain storm. I have no idea how BJ Upton was able to slide in the mud that was the basepaths in scoring the tying run in the top of the 6th. But beside just that, I completely understand why Phillies fans have it out for Bud Selig today. Were they really waiting for the Rays to possibly score a tying run before postponing it? Why didn’t they do it at the end of the fifth inning (if not far earlier)? They knew they had an open day today to work with, why not just push the whole damn thing back once it started getting nasty. Better to play six or seven or eight innings a day later than three. The Phillies will also lose the services of Cole Hamels who undoubtedly would’ve stayed in the game to continue pitching. With the change of days, Hamels is done and relief pitching will have to carry Philadelphia through. I don’t want the Phils to win, but if they end up losing due to poor bullpen work, it’ll really be a disgrace.
Additionally, the Rays have been a huge let down, and for the most part, so have the Phillies. The Rays were really fun to watch all year and even more so in the playoffs. They ran a lot, hit homers and pitched well. Well they haven’t done any of those things particularly well in the World Series. Obviously lots of credit goes to Cole Hamels, Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton for shutting them down but it still makes for a less interesting series when one team just doesn’t play as well as they should.
Finally, I’ve been annoyed by the announcers once again. I hate Tim McCarver (though he is preferable, slightly anyway, to Joe Morgan) and don’t really have anything good to say about Joe Buck. They make the game boring and insufferable and mostly I’ve had to listen on mute. Also, I hate having to tune into Fox, especially during an election year.
These are probably not all especially rational thoughts but I just hate when there is something good to look forward to and for many reasons it lets me down. It hasn’t quite been as bad as that USC-Oklahoma title game in football a few years ago but still, I was hoping for quite a bit more from all parties involved and instead it just hasn’t been that interesting.