Originally Posted by Francoeurstein
Extra-inning games are pretty exciting stuff. At least these games are exciting for real fans, but apparently not sufficiently exciting for some fans and one wonders which group. Further, what happens when the experiment falls short on expectations and there is a perception of trying something else? That is called the slippery slope of bastardizing the game, once bastardized, it snowballs further until we don't even recognize what we are watching.
Ipitch, you say the sky isn't falling. To which, I must agree that it isn't falling yet. However, this proposal over extra-innings game ending rule changes reeks---- absolutely reeks---- of panic.
We know that baby boomers as a rule are supporting the game today. We are paying for the outlandish ticket prices, paying for pay-per-view, including the MLB channel and other forms. We are buying the bulk of the merchandise for ourselves and families. That gravy train will have its limit, however. When our generation is too old to do all that, the next generation is far more unlikely to do the same. This must bother MLB powers-that-be, and so we are entertaining this discussion. And to reiterate what I said previously, the discussion and most else put forth in this thread amount to bastardizing the game. Once we attempt this, the slippery slope begins.
Could there be any other justification that MLB is panicked over how to attract fans who are currently younger than age 52-53? Could there be any doubt that MLB might have reason to panic, given the larger picture over finances for younger folks?
Yep, panic. The sky isn't falling today, and the proposal would take place as an experiment in the low minors before it was taken seriously. For that reason, the sky isn't falling.
Yet, I propose that someone in MLB (Commissioner Rob Manfred?) has longterm visions of a falling sky.
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