Travel Briefs 2 – Baseball

I have a question.  Why are there more empty seats in more baseball stadiums than any

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JUNE 12: Fans watch the Florida Marlins take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Sun Life Stadium on June 12, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Jason Arnold/Getty Images)

other sport?  Well, I think I know.  Baseball is a slow sport and there are 162 games in a season.  That’s right.  So who cares to go in the spring when you can go in the warmer summer months?  Then who cares in late summer as my team sucks then?

But look at cricket.  They figured it out.  They invented the home run derby and called it 20-20.  It is a slug fest.  The stadiums are full, revenues are huge, and the Indian Premier League is one of the richest leagues in the world.  Cricket is an international game.  Please, I have season tickets to our beloved Red Sox (one of the few stadiums that sell out) but the season is too long, the games are too long, most stadiums are empty, and the sport needs juicing up.  I do not mean drugs – although that may be better than the 3 and half hours of dreadful stuff we have sometimes have to endure.

So for the purest, I get the intricacies of the game, but it is slow, damn slow.  In football, there are 16 games, and basketball is action-packed.  Hockey is exhausting to watch since it’s so fast and soccer is over in an hour and a half.  Please baseball, invent an alternative parallel world that is fun and exciting.  We promise we will go watch your games live even in stadiums that have never seen the light of a playoff game in their history.

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