Who can stay up so late to watch a baseball game?

When a baseball game ends at 1:30 in the morning, I don’t think you can call it a game, anymore.

Sleep disruption? Perhaps.


Network television arrogance? No doubt.

But a game?

No. Tuesday night’s major league All Star game  was a seemingly endless stream of sales pitches, interrupted occasionally by baseball pitches.

“Who can stay up this late?” you ask.

Night watchmen, I would guess, in California.

The sad thing is, most missed a pretty baseball good game, and at 15 innings, almost a good double-header.

But  who was left to see that last, dramatic slide into home with the winning run?

It used to not be this way.

People used to love baseball and baseball used to love its afternoons.

Such was the case the last time the all-star game went 15 innings – 1967 – which I remember.


I remember thinking it was cool because all the scoring was done on solo homers, and all were hit by third-basemen (Richie Allen, Brooks Robinson and finally, Tony Perez of my beloved Cincinnati Reds.)  

The National League won – as it always did back then – 2-1.

But now baseball has gone to the dark side with its network needs that result in post-midnight contests.

It's left with an ownership that counts its coins in the pre-dawn dark and wonders why all its fans are somewhere sleeping.

Those fans are home in bed dreaming of good old days.


At least that’s what I think. What about you?


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Mr. Thackeray
Mr. Thackeray 07/16/08 - 03:24 pm
The East Coast is the WORST

The East Coast is the WORST time zone for all sports. Everything starts late, ends late, too late.

Connor Threlkeld
Connor Threlkeld 07/16/08 - 04:02 pm
Everything's too late, I

Everything's too late, I completely agree.

But you have to think of all the stuff that starts earlier. Sunday NFL games start at 10 a.m. on the West Coast, college football starts even earlier. You shouldn't have to set your alarm clock to get up and watch football on the weekends.

tomcampbell 07/17/08 - 09:09 am
Bill, I also remember that

Bill, I also remember that 67 game, which was another fiasco.. Didn't it start around 5pm in Anaheim (pm East coast), with the sun directly in the eyes of the batters? There were very few hits for most of the game as I recall. I exercised some discretion the other night and went to bed as soon as the pre-game show was over.

Bill Kirby
Bill Kirby 07/19/08 - 09:55 pm
Tom, you're right.  I kept

Tom, you're right.

 I kept rembering the game being in daylight because my strongest memory was the Perez home run in the 15th and it was still bright outside.

But it was because of the west coast start. 

I don't remember the light being a problem for the batters. I just thought the pitchers were so dominant then and especially the next year -- 1968  -- that they had to change the rules.

According to the Baseball Almanac, 1967 was the first "prime time" all-star game, although it was still day time on the West coast. 

Thanks again


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