With potentially five teams from the top three media markets in the 2008 playoffs, Major League Baseball should be rooting for the Red Sox. Out of the 16 possible World Series match-ups only seven are enticing to the national media and three of them include the Red Sox. The reason behind it is simple: more storylines and a bigger audience.
Come on how many are really enthusiastic about a Tampa Bay-Philadelphia World Series? The match-ups involving the Sox will not just draw in devoted baseball fans but also many of the casual fans plus non-fans because of their stories.
First off, any series that includes the Chicago Cubs will get national spotlight, since it will be the first time the Lovable Losers made it to the Series in 63 years. A Windy City Fall Classic will pit the North-siders against the South-siders for a week in October. The folks on the left coast will flock to Chavez Ravine and Disneyland earlier than normal – second inning instead of the third – and stay later than the sixth but outside
No doubt about it this is the series Major League Baseball wants to see. At the trading deadline, Theo Epstein did what was best for the health of the franchise. He cut away the canker that threatened the health of the remaining 24. With the “OK” from the Commish, former Pirates outfielder
I am salivating at just the thought of
In addition to that there is also the Joe Torre-Terry Francona connection dating back to the 2004 ALCS. As well as Manny Ramirez leading the Dodgers to the best September record (16-5) of the eight playoff contenders while the Sox were a American League best 33-17 after the trading deadline. Do not forget about Nomar Garciaparra’s first return back to the city where he began his career. There list is endless but in essence it would be a
Until 2004, a Red Sox-Cubs World Series was a baseball fan’s dream. One team would walk away with their first championship in over 80 years while the other would be saying those four dreaded words: “wait ‘til next year.” Since the Sox swept the Cardinals in the 2004 World Series, a Red Sox-Cubs Fall Classic does not have the same meaning it would have had five years ago, but it still would be one for the ages.
Two teams playing in the two oldest ballparks in the majors,