Red Sox celebrate
The Boston Red Sox return home today for a victory parade after beating the Colorado Rockies in four state games to win the World Series. That settles it, said Mark Starr in Newsweek.com. The "curse of the Bambino" was "really just a metaph
The Boston Red Sox return home today for a victory parade after beating the Colorado Rockies in four state games to win the World Series. It was the second professional baseball championship trophy in four seasons, after the Red Sox broke the famous “curse of the Bambino” to win the Series in 2004, but drew the second lowest TV ratings ever for a Series.
What the commentators said
This settles it, said Mark Starr in Newsweek.com, the “curse of the Bambino” that caused the Sox to struggle through decade after decade without a trophy was “really just a metaphor for bad management.” It just goes to show what you can do with a big payroll, provided you’re “smart” enough to spend it right.
All is right in Boston, said The Boston Globe in an editorial (free registration), “but out there in the nation beyond Red Sox Nation, Major League Baseball needs to shore up fan support.” The league has elevated “TV revenue above all else,” starting games late in pursuit of ratings and advertising dollars, and leaving even adult fans finding it “difficult to stay up for the last out.” And ad promotions—such as Taco Bell’s “Steal a base, steal a taco” gimmick—are intruding on the game.
Baseball can afford to “throw the public a bone,” said the San Francisco Chronicle in an editorial. “MLB no longer is speaking of contraction and franchises losing money. The sport is thriving with another year of record attendance and record revenues. Can't the marketing executives see in their hearts” to stop dragging play past midnight with constant commerial breaks?
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
MOST POPULAR ON THE WEEK
- Why you should stop believing in evolution
- How Israel's hawks intimidated and silenced the last remnants of the anti-war left
- Welcome to the age of ambivalent feminism
- Why China thinks it could defeat the U.S. in battle
- The secret to handling pressure like astronauts, Navy SEALs, and samurai
- 10 things you need to know today: August 20, 2014
- The real lesson of Rick Perry's mug shot
- What the 'death of the library' means for the future of books
- Why your employer should clean your house and do your laundry
- What you need to know before you support the police in Ferguson
Subscribe to the Week