I love the Boston Red Sox. If Major League Baseball scheduled 365 Red Sox games a year I would be all in. But I don’t represent most people. In fact, I barely represent anyone that is under the age of 40.
Despite my love for 162, 9 inning, 3 plus hour games most people don’t have the attention span for baseball these days. To a fault we live in such an instant gratification society that we must have non stop action all of the time. If baseball truly wanted to become a national sport again it would need to cut off a quarter of its games, put a clock on pitchers, and cut out all of the visits to the mound. Chances are MLB won’t do any of that because of its bullish stance on statistics, and, of course, how much money the league generates from each game.
While I applaud commissioner Bud Selig for his hard stance on enforcing those that test positive for performance enhancing drugs, he totally missed the boat on promoting his game with young adults and children. While I will continue watching every game, it doesn’t seem like I will have many people my age joining me.