To everything there is a season. So why does baseball ask for three?
The World Series (7:30 p.m., Fox) kicks off, starting too late in the evening for most young viewers to stay up and watch -- and probably too late in the fall season for most viewers to still care. After all, we've been watching baseball for most of spring, all of summer and well into the pumpkin harvest. Yes, you can have too much of a good thing.
At the risk of sounding old-fashioned, there used to be a pastoral simplicity to the baseball season. That's why they called it a "season." Baseball seemed to arrive when the risk of frost abated and retreat when frosty weather returned. Although the 162-game season has been a constant for five decades, the proliferation of divisions and wild card winners and elimination rounds has pushed the postseason ever later into the autumn.
There's something a little unnatural about the "Boys of Summer" playing right up to the edge of November. The 1973 World Series between the New York Mets and Oakland A's went the full complement of seven games. It ended on Oct. 21. This year's series begins a full two days after that and might not end until Halloween, should it go seven games.
And why don't they play any World Series games during the day? That's when young viewers might be able to watch whole games and possibly fall in love with baseball. The wholesale abandonment of day games happened rather quickly. And the lust for TV ad rev-
enues are to blame.
The first regularly scheduled World Series night game took place in 1971. The very last day game occurred during the 1987 series, a full quarter-century ago. Postseason baseball's exclusive embrace of the night has coincided with its descent from America's pastime to just another sport.
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