Saturday, October 06, 2012
WILD CARD GAME
The new wildcard format is a ridiculous idea destined to make the World Champion even more random than previous years. There should never be a one-game playoff except when two teams have identical records at the end of the season. Baseball has a 162 game schedule and you can't learn anything about the quality of those teams with a one game showdown. Even the first round of the playoffs should be 4 out of 7 instead of 3 of out 5.
Last night in Atlanta the umpire made a late call for the infield fly rule and the crowd was livid throwing bottles and other debris onto the field. Joe Simpson led the announcers in denouncing the crowd. He called it embarrassing. That is an easy response watching for the free up in the skybox. Imagine being a fan spending thousands over the course of the year to support your team and the game all comes down to a questionable call that is never properly explained to the crowd. Football refs explain every penalty and the umpires would have benefited from the same practice last night. A call such as that might make a crowd angry in a 4 of 7 series but in the 8th inning of an elimination game it naturally creates mayhem.