The other day on WEEI, Tony Maz whined on and on about how sick he was of Red Sox/Yankees and Yankees/Red Sox. He was sick of the whole thing and didn’t want an ALCS matchup between these two clubs.
No one agreed with him.
Who would, other than fans of other teams? If you are a Yankees or Red Sox fan, you want to see these two teams facing off. It’s must-see tv. The two most storied franchises in baseball – and maybe all of sports. I know I don’t miss any of the games played between them. They’re always major events for me – I buy food and drinks specifically for the occasion or go hang out with the guys to watch the game. Even fans of other teams can’t deny these two teams always make for good baseball.
But Tony Maz is sick of good baseball. He wants “something new.” Well, he got it. Red Sox/Indians in the ALCS. Am I excited? Sure. My team is one of the 4 remaining teams. But I don’t hate the Indians like I hate the Yankees. In fact, I really like the Indians. A lot. Grady Sizemore is one of my favorite baseball players. Trot Nixon was my favorite player back in the late-‘90s and earlier part of this century. I like Jhonny Peralta, Casey Blake, CC Sabathia, Fausto Carmona, etc. They’re a fun team to watch, and yes, I’m scared of them.
But the Yankees! How can you not want your team to face the Yankees? I hate the Yankees. I wanted to see that matchup again.
The best television shows have a hero and a villain. Lost has the losties and The Others. 24 has CTU and terrorists. Chuck has Chuck and Tang (and the real bad guys). Damages has Patty Hewes and Ted Danson’s character. Okay, so neither of them are “good,” but you get the picture.
I guarantee ratings for the ALCS are lower. Well, maybe not, since the start times are actually quite reasonable. They’ll probably see a spike because people can actually stay up and watch most of the games now. But the ALCS series doesn’t have the drawing power that it had in 2004. And that makes Tony Maz happy.