Is baseball boring? Even the most diehard, hardcore, never-give-up-on-your-team fans can find themselves some nights scrolling through social media rather than clinging to every pitch. The game itself might move slowly at times, but I don’t see it as the main issue. In baseball, it’s not just the lack of New York Mets in the postseason which has us a little less interested. With the Championship Series both set, it’s the lack of originality.
These teams again? I’ve seen this before. Among the final four teams, each has won a championship in my lifetime. They’re usual suspects to compete. Each is, in a way, a powerhouse organization. There’s no small market club left or a secondary team in a big city—such as the Mets, Chicago White Sox, and Los Angeles Angels.
The Mets can help fix MLB’s parity problem
The Mets have been far more involved in parody than parity over the years. Their postseason trips in 2015 and 2016 were refreshing, possibly even for fans of the game who don’t bleed orange and blue.
As an aside, if you do literally bleed orange and blue, please see a doctor.
MLB had a decent crop of teams in this year’s postseason. The White Sox are on the uptick and I think a lot of fans without a team in the playoffs were pulling for them. Even the Tampa Bay Rays had their share of fans from outside of their geographical area rooting for them if only to see a new champion crowned.
Over in the National League, things were a little more business-as-usual. The championship-less Milwaukee Brewers were the only real change of direction. However, they were handled easily by the team Mets fans have seen win plenty, the Atlanta Braves.
The NBA might be immensely popular but their big lurking problem is how few teams actually have a shot to compete. The season opens up soon and already you can cancel out more than half the league from having a shot at winning it all. Even multiple playoff teams never stand a chance against the most elite clubs.
Major League Baseball hasn’t gotten quite there. As much as people like to complain about how a team with far fewer wins can pass by and the Los Angeles Dodgers with 100+ have to play a one-game elimination matchup, it makes October a little more interesting. I would prefer a different club with 85 wins have a chance against another organization that ripped out 100 wins. What’s the point if the better regular season team advances automatically?
At the start of most Championship Series in recent memory, I get the overwhelming sense of déjà vu. We’ve seen this story unfold before. The players might be slightly different. The fans are just as obnoxious.
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It’s not hurting baseball just yet but the inability for smaller market clubs to have as fair of a shot at winning is obvious. The Mets might not be a small market club and neither are many other teams I wouldn’t mind seeing play a little deeper into October. Baseball is a business to the players and owners above everything else. To the fans, it’s entertainment. And I can’t help but to feel like the same reruns are playing every year.