Nerd of Batman, sports, logic, objectivity, Star Trek, personal enlightenment, Lincoln, the Rays, psychology, mic dropping. Kind've in that order.
KCP - Kentavious Caldwell Pope
WAR - Wins Above Replacement
FIP - Fielding Independent Pitching
LD% - Line Drive Percentage.
LOOGY - Left Handed One Out Guy
B/S - Batman/Superman
Brad Ausmus is the new Tigers manager.
Not surprised by the selection of Ausmus - who had an NFL scouting combine- like rise to the top of MLB managerial candidates - I was in mild disbelief that Ausmus didn't have more panache in his introductory press conference.
I expected a refined orator, who was prepared with intelligent, rapid fire answers that commanded the attention of the room.
The new skipper's body language resembled that of someone who's uncomfortably stuck in the middle seat of a plane, between the self serving, bombast and 300lb guy that won't stop falling asleep on your shoulder.
How is THIS guy going to lead a locker room of 5, 10, and 20 millionaires, who've won three straight American League Central titles, and been just 10 wins from back to back World Series titles?
Ausmus clearly impressed Dave Dombrowski, his staff and Mr. Illitch. If he'd been timid during that process, as I believe he was yesterday, then there's little chance Ausmus would have received the offer from Dombrowski. Over this President and GM's reign, the Tigers are much more successful organization than San Diego, where Ausmus came from. If he was able to captivate Detroit's senior executives, then they have confidence he'll be able to corral the twenty man makeup of the Tigers.
Yesterday we may have seen the weakest tool in Ausmus' skill set - public speaking and interacting with the media.
That's something he's never had to do before in such the vice of an environment, which included a Sunday afternoon with no Lions football, meaning all eyes, ears and hopes of Motor City sports fans were centered directly at the newly annointed. first time manager.
- I think Ausmus only mentioned two players by name: Verlander and Fielder. When he was asked about the Tigers needing to hold runners better - and they do - I was surprised he kept saying 'catcher' and not Avila. I'm probably reading too much into that, but it stood out to me.
- If there was a time he did get prickly, I sensed it when he referenced the bullpen, and how he believed it needs to be managed properly. The Tigers may not have the obvious talent there, but it may be Ausmus' pet project.
- I hope he seeks input from his veteran starting pitchers on whether Jeff Jones is to return or not. I'm all for having one's own comfortable circle of trust, but one of the reasons there was fear towards bringing in an 'outsider' was the possible alienation of the steady veterans.
- Ausmus is a risk. But so too would have been McClendon, Rick Renteria, Lamont, Barry Larkin(???), and Tim Wallach. There's risk with everything. This is now onDombrowski to fbuild a less worrisome bullpen, get a genuine leadoff hitter and decide on second base. All while maintaining a core to play under Ausmus for many years. There sits my biggest worry.
The Tigers declined their 2014 option on Jose Veras?!
In the summer I wrote this first , (in trying to add arms to the pen) Jose Veras, Astros. On his 6th team, fashiong more than 10 K's per 9 IP, and a WHIP just over 1. If you'll buy line drive percentage, he's been sensational this year in avoiding squared up balls, with his LD% at 12% (average is 20). I also like this because if he's acquired and any good, he's potentially the setup man next year for a reason $3.2 million dollar option.Not cheap, but maybe verrrrry worth it.
Then this, as the acquisition occurred.
Tigers get a reliever who was on my not-Papelbon list from a few weeks back. Porcello for Kendrick is still something I'd consider. Good deal for a non-elite prospects, with a chance for Veras to pitch his way into a very cheap closer role next year. I'm assuming the Tigers keep the option to retain Veras for $3.25 million.
The Tigers just pushed away an extremely inexpensive, but more to the point, productive reliever.
Keep in mind Benoit is free agent, Smyly may or may not be moving to the rotation, or off the team completely, and there's no other pitchers in the bullpen at this moment who could be deemed reliable.
I realize Rondon is there and still possesses the closer in waiting tag, but last we heard he was struggling with elbow issues. That's a serious concern for me. And while he improved with more Major League innings, there's no certainty he was going to be an effective successor to Benoit Day 1 in Lakeland.
Will they give 2013 draft pick Corey Knebel the chance to win a job this spring? His numbers in the AFL would offer that he's borderline unhittable.
This is absolutely stunning. Dave Dombrowski must've decided he was exhausted by his bullpen not living up to the others his team has frequently flailed against in October.
Veras in '13 had 60 K's in 62 innings and owned a WHIP barely over 1. Was it a poor postseason created this baffling decision? In two words, probably not. Five innings, nine strikeouts and a ERA of 3.60.
In the MLive article above from James Schmehl, we share the same speculation that the Tiges could resign Veras, though it would surely be for more than $3.25 million dollars OR to a long term deal, which would be unwise considering the volatility of year to year performance from most relievers.
Perhaps in coming hours or days we'll get an explanation to this confounding direction the Tigers have chosen to go in. Until the, I'll be the guy dragged his jaw on the floor.
If anything Veras was healthy and inexpensive. Now he's just gone.
I wrote this in September. What if Gotham played football?!
This is the submission. Afterwards, I’ll post the site’s feedback.
I need to be honest, I didn’t have a f*%king clue who Deadpool was until 2006 when I decided to spend too many hours playing Ultimate Alliance on PS2.
Short aside to set the scene. I’d been fired from my Monroe, MI/Toledo, OH job on 9/11/06. I decided to take my unemployment and relax for the first time since I’d moved away from home in June 1999 to start my career in radio. Aside from the aside, I applied for a job I didn’t want, got it, and it went OK. My dad and brother come from Philly to help me move my stuff back home.
The TV was a beast.
It was an older prior-to-flat, and lighter, screens came around. Ohhhh, but it was a flat screen, 50 some inches, and at least 6,000lbs, that took up all of the back of my Honda Pilot driving from Monroe to Philly. It took three people to get it from the car to the dining room where it habitated in a corner, diagonal to the lengthy table and corned by the giant armoire. I wouldn’t watch TV there, it was there to for PS2 purposes only. That TV basically kept Thanksgiving from happening as it annually had at the residence.
Every night, I’d make my drive hour drive home from Allentown, PA to Philly, and after the gym I’d settle into that corner – watching the dogs walk by me each time they had to go out (GTF out of the way!) – and play Ultimate Alliance. Endlessly.
Who was this Deadpool guy?! He was obliterating everyone! He was a part of all of my best foursomes (stop giggling you sex machine). If you put Wolverine and Deadpool in the same playing group there’d essentially be blood all over your TV. Real blood, on real TV. Mom hated that. Not really. To either. It was my TV anyway.
Long story, short. Thanks to Wikipedia I discovered that, “Eh, so this Deadpool guy was like Wolverine, but he got stuck with cancer and he cursed and talked to ME (breaking that fourth wall).”
My eyes were opened to a new Marvel character I’d never known existed. My heart melted. Those moments allowed me to briefly use a Twitter avatar (@eric_chase) of a Deadpool meme stating that I liked and knew him before he got all hipster-y with just-more-than casual comic fans. Plus, I identified to our buddy Wade because we both had screws loose. His WAY looser than mine.
Whatever the year was when the Ryan Reynolds/Deadpool rumors began – whether before or after ‘Origins’ – my enthusiasm was piqued. ‘OK, Ryan, just take the wisecracking Hannibal character from Blade 3, add a healing ability and we’ve got a STAR Marvel property!’
Fast forward to today, we’re…still…teased…with…the…actor…and…the…character.
*Note! I didn’t loathe Wolverine: Origins (put that rock down a$$hole). I know you think they botched Deadpool, but the Wade Wilson interpretation was completely on point!*
May I offer an idea on the premise that *I* will obtain a super human healing power before we ever see anything cinematically with Deadpool in a starring role.
Forget the silver screen route.
I’ll even recognize Reynolds would pass on the role if this happened.Have you heard the idea that NFL is considering selling part of its Thursday night package?
Marvel needs to sell off Deadpool.
To AMC. Or to HBO. Or something else I’m not considering.
Smallville was a success, and Arrow is blossoming into that on the CW.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. lost my interest. The acting was poor and everything felt contrived. But it’s backed by heavies, and will get at least 2 seasons to fall on its campy face.
Whatever Gordon is, is coming.
We’ve heard that anything Deadpool, to be truly authentic, needs to be at least PG-13. I agree with that sentiment. The guy is totally miswired and would cause a new FCC division to be certified!
Well, you may have heard…AMC just finished off a run of one of the great violent and savage shows of the last decade (shhhhhh Breaking Bad).
To be honest (again), I don’t watch my ‘normal TV.’ I’m a sports talk host, so I watch a lot of sports. I’ll watch Elementary or Person Of Interest on my iPad when I can.
If Deadpool were to be sold off to AMC, or HBO, both of whom have produced fierce, bloody shows teeming with vulgarities, then it’s time they surfed the hundred foot wave that is superhero movie (and becoming TV) mania…by purchasing the Deadpool rights from Marvel and spawning a dark, cunning, and brutal anti-hero that finally deserves his day on the screen.
TWO emails of feedback LOL.
A - This article is poorly written. Please revise it, make it more concise, and to your point. You have to many “asides” that digress your topic like a 15 year old who’s attention is all over the place.
I get the point you are trying to make, and you are building what is referred to as a narrative. Creating a setting for your storyline. That’s great. However, you are branching away in multiple directions and the reader has no idea what you are trying to say.
Please revise and focus your content to material pertinent for the CBM website.
My response: LOL.
B. Dear eric,
This is a quick note to let you know that your article
(I’m Taking Over Deadpool.)
was removed by efcamachopmp from the site.
Reason: Atrociously written, i’m sending it back to the creator to revise. Although it read like a hyperactive, sexually charged, and wowed-by-PS2-video-game-graphics 15 year old wrote this piece. 90% of the article has nothing to do with the website and focuses on the writers move from his home and the doldrums of carrying a massively heavy TV…
I’m being very OCD about the type of articles some of the younger contributors try to throw onto the website…
The contributor will receive the article in their mailbox to rework, refocus, and tie to CBM.
The site guidelines I apparently violated.
If I’d have made that submission to The Atlantic, or Slate, I’d be more than accepting of the that particular scathing criticism. Though I’m certain the correspondence would’ve been penned more eloquently.
It was submitted to a blog about comic books! You like have nothing BUT sexually charged 15 year old minds visiting the site. Sorry, that’s excessive. I visit the site multiple times per day, and I don’t think like that.
If the site is aiming for a certain level of credibility, I’d expect, no…demand more professional decorum from the editors.
At least after one game...
- The Wizards didn't look like a team I expected to make the East's top 8 in the spring. Martin Gortat better anchor that defense as a healthy Emeka Okafor would have because the Bullets Wizards were allergic to guarding.
- The Pistons Big 3 had a breakout first night. 56 points, 29 rebs, 20 of 34 shooting. Smith 3 of 7 on 3s (uuhhhhh, don't get happy now), Monroe 12 of 15 on FTs. They dominated Washington's interior. Foul trouble got Drummond as he didn't play much in the 4th, and while Smith showed off some sneaky passing skills around the lane - 5 assists - 10 turnovers just may be the norm for that trio. Which will force Brandon Jennings, upon his return, to be extremely careful with the handle.
- DeAndre Jordan led the NBA last year nailing 64% of his field goals. Drummond, who was 6-7 last night, and whose range is inside the restricted area of the restricted area, may equal or better Jordnan's '12-'13 stat, though we'll see if he has enough shots to qualify to be a league leader.
- As strange as this sounds, the Pistons may need to outgun teams this year. The interior defense was as expected, allowing just 28 points in the paint (Pistons had 56!), but Detroit may not have a single defender capable of guarding the 3 point line, or any wing scorer who can hit mid range jumpers.
Washington, led by Trevor Ariza's 6, was 10 of 25 on 3's. They were an incredible 10 of 15 on non-paint 2s. Meanwhile, the Pistons were 1 of 16 on non-paint 2s.
- It's just one game, so no need to make final evaluations now. This newly refined Pistons interior will face a truer test on Friday when they head to Memphis, a team, with Randolph and Gasol, I thought Detroit should begin to model itself upon the early emergence of Drummond last year.
- I learned on Twitter and from the NBA app, that MCW shocked that Heat...who I had no idea weren't playing Dwyane Wade, which makes sense after 36 minutes on Opening Night. #1and81ForWiggins
If MCW can do that to the #heat, I would've felt sorry for DePaul. Wait, no. Wake forest.— Eric Chase (@Eric_Chase) October 31, 2013
The Rawlings Gold Glove award winners were announced last night. Snoozzzzzzzzzzze, right?
Unless you were to dead to the baseball world, you recognized that sometimes the truly best fielders at some positions weren't given Gold Gloves because they were atrocious hitters. Seattle's (traded to NYY late this year ) Brendan Ryan's has quite possibly been the most gifted shortstop we've seen in years, but he can't buy a GG because of OPS flailing in the .500s. The trend of ignoring all field-no hit players slowly began to change in recent years, but this year Rawlings progressed a positive step further. Beginning with the 2013 honors, some defensive metrics (I know they can be a bit spotty) have been included in bestowing the awards. More on that here.
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Some of the winners this year you're more than familiar with: Yadier Molina, Brandon Phillips, Shane Victorino, Alex Gordon, all Gold Glove awardees. The rest of the list is over at Hardballtalk.
Andrelton Simmons won the first of what could be 6, 7, 8, 9 TEN(!?!?!??!) Gold Gloves. I was a bit too young to see the prime of Ozzie Smith's excellence, so the best defenders I've witnessed are 1. Rey Ordonez, who I've mentioned and compared Simmons to before, and 2. a young Andruw Jones gliding through his centerfield patrols.
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PLEASE go find more of Simmons!
I wanted to try a quick exercise amongst the GG winners.
Knowing they're defensively adroit, I though it would be fun to make a batting order out of them. Then maybe, who'd win? Just some fun.
1. Carlos Gomez CF
2. Yadier Molina C
3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
4. Carlos Gonzalez LF
DAMN, THIS IS A POWERFUL TEAM SO FAR!
5. Brandon Phillips 2B
6. Gerardo Parra RF
7. Nolan Arenado 3B
8. Andrelton Simmons SS
9. Adam Wainwright
1. Shane Victorino RF (I'd be fine swapping Victorino with...)
2. Dustin Pedroia 2B
3. Manny Machado 3B
4. Adam Jones CF
5. Alex Gordon LF (...Gordon)
6. JJ Hardy SS
7. Eric Hosmer 1B
8. Salvador Perez C
9. RA Dickey
Can someone simulate this for me!?
I want the NL team.
Outside of the Rays, and that's a passive enthusiasm, I root to be right. Why root for a team where I have just a miniscule amount of decision making power. Now that I type that out, that sounds ridiculous. Why are we wired to root for entities that we can't control. YAY, GO TEAM WHO NEVER ASKS ME, THEIR LOYAL FAN, FOR AN INPUT.
We root for laundry.
So I like to root for what I have total control over. Me. If they made ERIC CHASE jerseys, I'd buy them all. And if you wanted to purchase ERIC CHASE sportswear, great, but you don't get to call any of the shots.
I root to be right. I root for my hard work, my intellect, my instincts, and my intuition. All that form my thoughts and opinions. Reminds me a bit of Barf from Space Balls. 'I'm my own best friend.'
When I'm wrong, I've got no pride from stopping me from pointing it out. I whiffed on the Lions/Cowboys game.
I don't often make predictions though. What I do is offer opinions. I thought the Lions should move Reggie Bush to the slot and out wide more often. They did. Vindication is a wonderful feeling.
I think the Tigers should talk the Mets into taking Prince Fielder for prospect Wilmer Flores. I'm not predicting that, it's my opinion and it's less smelly than all the other ones. Why? Because it's not reckless and without some basis. Figure the Fielder equation out your own now if you'd like, we'll get back to the hot stove soon enough.
Want something that more resembles a pipe dream due to the variable I haven't dissected yet? Oh, the Brewers need a first baseman? Well, have I got the guy for you! And if you think the Braun guy is either A. a creation of PEDs B. a PR nightmare, let's talk swap. See, a bit rash.
We need to get to the me being right part!
Pro Football Focus meticulously analyzes almost every NFL play an assigns grades to just every player. Sometimes their grade won't be in accord with what we watched, but most of the time they provide solid analytical affirmation. I'm a devout believer in the grades PFF offers.
Monday, while everyone was 'ohhhhhh Calvin, ohhhhhh Stafford,' I couldn't find anyone else, even Peter King's MMQB glazed by it, who didn't see that the Lions 3 offensive stars were mostly all responsible for their 4 turnovers. Kreger specifically countered me that Calvin's INT was because he was hit in someway. PFF supports me that, no, Calvin didn't make the catch.
PFF Game Ball
It simply can’t go to anyone else than Calvin Johnson and that’s despite dropping a pass (leading to an interception) and fumbling.
I said some of Stafford's throws were the best of his life. Check the Stafford section of PFF's ReFo of the game. Don't worry, it's brief, and in English.
This isn't #breaking, but the Lions secondary at best, isn't improving. At worst, if the front seven can't get pressure, they're a perfect QB rating in waiting. And did you catch...
Heh. On the Bryant short TD, it was glover quin's hit of the year. Darius slay never saw it coming. #lions— Eric Chase (@Eric_Chase) October 28, 2013
From the link above in their Safety Struggles section you need to read...
The Lions’ safety play over the past few years had been horrendous so they decided to go out and add Glover Quin in free agency. He’s been a solid addition but, along with Louis Delmas, he struggled against the Cowboys. Each had a part in Dez Bryant’s touchdowns as the former crushed his own teammate Darius Slay leaving him no opportunity to break up the pass as the Cowboy receiver landed in the end zone.
Sorry to wrap this up, but I don't want to waste too much energy pounding away at the keyboard. I need all the reserve I can get to pat myself on the back.
You might have heard or read that Matthew Stafford was mic'd up for the Dallas game. Considering how the Cowboys Jones' away a win the Lions won in thrilling fashion, you can imagine how scintillating the game audio was.
When I saw it at home, as soon as Stafford got under center, I KNEW he was going in, even though you could see him motioning and screaming the entire time trek down to the goal line that they were going to clock the play.
If you doubt me, watch the body language of Dallas' Jason Hatcher, number 97. Stafford certainly did.
Begin paying REALLY close attention at the 1:04 mark.
Hatcher hastily jogs past Stafford as he's screaming clock, clock, clock. He's in no real rush though.
There's little intensity even has Hatcher gets in his three point stance. Stafford had to know that, especially since that player ran right by his shouted instructions.
Pay attention to how casually Hatcher gets out of his stance.
With Stafford knowing he was going in, even against players who had 50 pounds on him, they were completely inert. There's no way they'd have been able to prevent the momentum of his 6'3" 235 pound body from mining half a yard from big bodies that were at a complete standstill.
If anything, Stafford's biggest challenge may have been his own linemen. With them feeling a push forward, perhaps they'd have thought Stafford mishandled the snap. Chaos could have ensued, and no 24 inches, nor victory.
The sheer brilliance of the play wasn't the physical part, it's as I said yesterday, it was Stafford's shrewd awareness of the Cowboys undmindful presnap physical demeanor.
The Cowboys weren't ready. If you wanna blame that on coaching, go right ahead and jump on that pile, thought you might not find much room left.
Calvin Johnson had a historic day on Sunday. If you hadn't heard, it's more historic than you initially heard. Flipper Anderson's 336 yard game in 1989 was an OT game. Calvin has the 60 minute honor.
In light of Calvin's phenomenal achievement it's been a day of the over the top and gushing rhetoric. More specifically, it's been a discussion that's reached its highest volume yet that Calvin Johnson is the greatest receiver in NFL history. He's certainly the best in the game right now.
My response to the debate, uh...no. Probably not even close. At all.
If you stand behind Michael Jordan as the greatest to ever play in the NBA, and I do, then there's ZERO way you can assert Calvin is the best ever.
Michael Jordan was a shade under the average sized player in the league for the duration of his career.
Wilt Chamberlain is on the other side of the greatest-in-the-NBA debate. With the exception of Bill Russell and some others, Wilt towered over most of his competition. He was physically imposing force that wouldn't been seen again regularly in the league for years and years. I loathe having to link to BR, but here's a solid painting of the picture back in Wilt's day.
If Chamberlain was the average size of players of his era, would he have been as dominate as he was, and as Jordan manhandled the game? Eh, unlikely. Size counts.
You probably see where I'm going with this.
I'm not going to stick a finger out at you and admonish you with with the IT'S A PASSING LEAGUE THESE DAYS cliche. Well, because it's too cliche and you and your fantasy team know it. Calvin's transcendental, but there's no denying his numbers ARE somewhat inflated by the present era.
I could argue that the Megatron nickname actually isn't appropriate enough. Megatron is far too small to describe Calvin's physical advantages over many of those who attempt to defend him. How about, Metroplex, or Omega Supreme. Wait, you want a Decepticon? Ok, then Unicron, an entity that strikes fear to all in the universe. He ate planets. Calvin eats corners and safeties.
Johnson, to remind you, is 6'5" 236 lbs.
Jerry Rice was (he probably still is) was 6'2" 200 lbs.
Rice did what Calvin's doing without the physical advantages. I don't know how use see it, but size is an important component when I'm measuring in debates such as this.
In an earlier blog, I'd wondered if the Lions would've even required another, typical Cowboys meltdown if Calvin hadn't had two key misplays - a ball that bounced off his hands for an INT, and a fumble. Both were in Dallas territory. That's potentially up to 14 points, maybe a guaranteed two scores if you'd seen the Dallas defense getting gored for what was to be 600 yards. Detroit would've enjoyed the comfortable lead, not Dallas.
I'm sure Rice had his share of flubs, but it seems Calvin's missed some catches this year I'd expect someone of his acclaim to make. He has 4 drops, and a miniscule 5.1 drop percentage. Not bad at all.
Drops are a subjective stat and I can't even uncover them for when Rice played. Let's use fumbles.
303 career games. 11 lost fumbles, out of 18 overall. He lost a ball once every 27.5 games
In 99 games for Calvin, he's fumbled 13 times and lost 9 of them. One every 9 games.
HOLD UP. Transparency alert! There's some glaring differences between ESPN and Pro Football Ref. for Rice. PFR has Rice down for 27 fumbles! If that's accurate, then he'd fumble once every 11 games. Much closer to the Calvin number.
When Calvin's healthy, Calvin's unstoppable. His size, speed, and strength, paired with the restrictions on defensive players and ADvantages that gives so many offenses, Calvin could continue his assault on Rice's records.
If the Darrell Greens, Deions, Leroy Butlers, and Steve Atwaters of the 90s, had to adhere to contemporary rules, Rice might have put up 2,500 yards a year, annually.
Rice, for me, was and is still, the greatest receiver in NFL history.
Now if you wanna have a much more intricate debate, then ask me if Calvin is, or will wind up as the SECOND greatest receiver in the game's history.
It's easier to find than porn or coupons on the Internet.
1. People screaming the hyberbole that baseball is dying.
2. People screaming the hyerbole that baseball ISN'T dying.
Those in #1 one conveniently, and immediately, think of the Super Bowl ratings to make a comparison, and their position is affirmed. This year's World Series has averaged around 13-ish million viewers (through the first three games), so you'd need TEN World Series games to equal ONE Super Bowl. There's absolutely no arguing that the NFL is so far and away the most popular and most followed sports in the country. Nice work NFL, even though I think you've peaked.
Those in #2 respond with the record attendance numbers MLB is pulling. I think I saw it was something like 74 million fans (though, many repeats, right?) attended a Major League Baseball game this past year. Then the astronomical TV contracts get bandied around as further proof that baseball ISN'T dying. At this point though, anything that's DVR-proof will fortune their way into that same financial windfall. It's pretty simple, if you're good, people WILL tune in as evidenced by the Tigers, Cardinals, and Royals who rounded out the top five in local MLB TV ratings. Additionally, MLB is also far ahead of the NFL when it comes to advanced media. The Red Zone is great, but only Verizon customers have access to much that the NFL offers digitally. Baseball is thriving on its MLB.tv and At Bat (I've bought every single year) properties. To rival the Sunday Ticket, which looks like a Dinosaur amid pay-TV wars, Twitter, and people's society fueled ADHD these days, I get the Extra Innings package each year. It's almost $300, but it's 80 games a week, for 6 months. Well worth it.
If you'll concede that yes, MLB and almost ALL TV is instinctivally compared to the behemoth ratings the Super Bowl gets, then we can proceed.
The fairest juxtaposition for World Series ratings, would be the NBA Finals. Fairest doesn't mean perfectly paralleled though.
This year's riveting NBA Finals between the Heat and Spurs averaged more viewers than where the World Series is at right now - 17.7 million. Hit this NYT article for when the series peaked at 34 million during Game 7. That's possible for this World Series!
Game 7 in Miami was on June 9th at 9pm. Spring TV season was about over, the newness of the MLB season, after 60-some games had worn down, schools were finishing and bedtimes with them and it was one of the few lifeless spots on the NFL calendar. In other words, the Finals, and damn they were invigorating this year, don't have much entertainment competition for viewers.
People erect their early February lives around the Super Bowl because of its event like status. The game has certainly earned that after nearly 50 of them. It's transcends just watching a game, and if half of corporate and business America used a floating holiday the Monday after the game, it would be a wise use an off day.
I'm telling what you already know.
Back to baseball, the World Series, its ratings, and the game's 'death.' Ratings for the World Series will NEVER be what they once were. Now, football games regularly oppose it. That's the 10,000 pound elephant, and it's 5,000 pound gorilla little brother, college football. It's also the middle of the vital and compelling fall TV season. New shows, favorites back on with new episodes. Sure there's DVR, but some shows are SO good these days, avid and rabid fans want to watch their shows LIVE. Wanna see my Twitter timeline last night? It was filled with Walking Dead mentions, none of which I cared about.
I'll grant this, part of the reason for the NFL and NBA's growth is because they've marketed their stars well. They're either heroes or villains, and those storylines are good for interest and ratings. MLB has failed to effectively turn the game's greatest into household names, which has pigeon holed it into the parochialism it's ensared in. I can't tell MLB how to market themselves, but Step 1, make your fantasy games a BIGGER deal...people then may become excited for and interested in players they'd never heard of. Hell yea, you - casual fan - wants to watch the World Series because YOU picked up Michael Wacha off your waiver wire and he pitched you into some fantasy bragging rights.
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Let's say Boston and St. Louis have as dramatic as series we got from the NBA Finals (let's remember there's no Lebron type draw in MLB, that IS on them). It's Thursday night, Game 7, in one of the game's most storied settings. I think you'd see numbers comparable to what the NBA typically scores during the Finals, and while not a perfect comparison, it's fairer than letting it be eaten alive by ranking it next to Super Bowl ratings.
Will you humor me a moment longer?
What IF the World Series WAS a one game winner-take-all contest? What if wasn't opposed by fall TV, football, homework, Halloween parties and trick-or-treating? What if it created an EVENT like the NFL has, and had a clear night of programming as the NBA enjoys during the Finals?
Yea, put the game on at 7:30, not 8 oh-something-that-turns-into-close-to-8:30.
One game. Red Sox, Cardinals, Fenway...
I bet it gets 50 million viewers. At least.