October 28th, 2009
04:26 PM ET

Why the World Series is better than 'Glee'

The cast of Glee performing live? Jay-Z and Alicia Keys singing “Empire State of Mind?” Kate Hudson hanging out with Rudy Giuliani and Billy Crystal? A woman selling sex for tickets just to get a peek of all of the action? You must be thinking to yourself, “Is she making this stuff up?” Nope, I am just describing the World Series, starting tonight, between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Folks, the World Series is better than anything on primetime TV these days. It’s better than any scripted show out there. You’ve got your lead characters- the McDreamys and McSteamys if you will. For example, on the Yankees we have Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter- old friends who depending on the day, either love each other or hate each other. Their love lives are the stuff that nighttime dramas are made of- the kind of storylines that fans thrive on. After A-Rod’s divorce he was linked to none other than Madonna, and now he is dating Kate Hudson. Hudson is now a regular fixture at the games, and usually rocking some killer style in the stands. I am even convinced that she got her hair and makeup done before the last game—she was definitely ready for the close-ups that she knew the cameras were taking of her every time her man was up at the plate. It’s rumored that she has even become his good luck charm.

Jeter’s longtime love, Friday Night Light’s Minka Kelly, plays it a little more low-key, sitting in his private box away from the other wives and girlfriends of the players. Not to worry though FNL fans, you won’t miss your Minka Kelly fix because the cameras know where to find her! In addition to Kelly, you can also expect to see loyal Yankee fans like Billy Crystal, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, current Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Regis Philbin, Donald Trump, and maybe even Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. On the Phillies side, you should be on the lookout for Kevin Bacon, Rob McElhenney, Fabian, Tim McGraw and Bill Cosby and even our very own Vice President Joe Biden! There will be better celebrity sightings at these games than the red carpet at the Golden Globes!

On top of all of the stars, we are treated to musical performances- the soundtrack to the World Series if you will. The uber-talented cast of Glee may have been snubbed by the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but you can get your fix by watching them on the World Series. These are the guys who reinvigorated the Journey classic “Don’t Stop Believin’” last spring, and I can’t wait to see what they are going to do with the National Anthem!

We also are going to get to hear Jay-Z and Alicia Keys sing their ode to New York, “Empire State of Mind.” It’s like getting a free concert with some of today’s hottest stars- and you know Beyonce will be in the stands.

So how hot are tickets to this show? Well, there is a woman in Philly, Susan Finkelstein, who allegedly offered sex for tickets to a game. For those who are looking for a far less illegal way of attending, tickets are still available, but they are going for hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. You could do what you normally do on a weeknight however, and watch the game in the comfort of your own home. Just think, all of those celebrities, the music and on top of that, a great baseball game, all right there in your living room- what could be better than that?

The fact of the matter is that we watch TV to inspire us. We watch it for hope, for fun and for entertainment. Well that’s what baseball is about—hope, fun and entertainment. Imagine all of that in one place and you have the World Series—sounds like Must See TV to me.

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  1. Kell

    Phils Fan, well, I don't know if I completely agree with you about the pay with the "all of them" type thing. The Pirates as a whole only paid something like $20million to their entire team... To put that in perspective, the Yankees pay 10 times that amount. Most teams get by in the $80-100million range.

    And yes, I agree with you 100% about the media gushing over the Yankees, and the Dodgers, and the Rockies. The Phillies received no respect last year either. In fact I distinctly remember an article right here on CNN.com (a Sports Illustrated link), just before the World Series was about to begin talking about how there was already a clear winner. A team that just completely out-classed the other. One which had such a better record, such better talent, so much better everything, and the only question was if they would win in 4 games or 5, and that team was the Tampa Bay Rays. Well, here we are a year later, and the Phillies, the reigning World Champions, in the playoffs again, had games with start times of 2pm in the MIDDLE OF THE WEEK!!!

    And something else to consider when discussing what the national pastime is anymore, the tie-breaker game was postponed a day, which also shifted the starts of the entire series by a day because of Monday Night Football. I know they won the coin toss for home field advantage, but the second it was known that there was a conflict with the stadium, the league should have simply said, well, too bad, I guess you don't want home field advantage then, and played the game on schedule on the other team's field (or another neutral venue). But, the decision was to not conflict with the NFL and change the entire schedule of the playoffs.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brendon

    Wes, seriously, what are you even talking about?

    Of course baseball isn't going to get NFL-like ratings. But as others have suggested, I have no idea how that proves that baseball isn't popular. Baseball playoffs still do better than NBA playoffs, which do twice as well as NHL playoffs. If baseball isn't popular because the NFL beats it out, then I guess we only have one popular sport in this country....

    And if you truly think that baseball was NEVER America's pastime, then yo'ure not just removed from baseball; you're entirely removed from your country's history.

    October 29, 2009 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Adam


    I played through college. And I had to work my a$$ off to do so. If it was "simplistic" for you, it's probably becuase you have natural talent for the game.

    And why not spend money to go watch a team that actually plays with heart? That's what I spend my summers doing.

    October 29, 2009 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Erin

    I just want to say that I love the Yankees and if I wasn't in this stupid class I'd be watching tonight..... however Glee totally rocks and if I had to choose I'd watch Glee..... I can see the Yanks whoop ass anytime.

    October 29, 2009 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brian

    If you don't like baseball or sports in general, why in gods name are you reading this? I mean if you don't like watching baseball reading about it, you must be as bored as... well me reading your posts.

    October 29, 2009 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lorrainev

    Make life worth living y'all!!! i.e. I care because lunch is on the line and an Islands' BLT is worth it.

    October 29, 2009 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DisgruntledCubsFan

    The world series has been played since 1903. Glee has been on for a few months.

    In 50 years will anybody remember that Glee was even a show on Fox? I bet the series will still be going on then and the Cubs still will be going on 151 years since they last won one. Go Blackhawks!

    October 29, 2009 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kyle

    It's amazing how ignorant so many of these people are with their comments. It wouldn't surprise me if a majority of the people supporting the difficulty of baseball have ever even played the sport. I played professionally for 7 years, it's much more simplistic than you'd imagine. You hardly have to be fit if you consider how much downtime each person has, it's unbelievable.

    And the thought of someone paying absurd amounts of money to go and watch these teams half-ass a game is hilarious! The major difference from being at the game and watching it from home is the volume of the crowd crowd, and the precooked food. Save yourself the travel distance and some pocket change, order a pizza and turn up the volume.

    October 29, 2009 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Darrell Barricklow

    So how much did the yankeez paid the umps to miss the blatenly obvious calls? I swear, if I ever see another tobacco spittin, crotch grabbin, bat throwin, steroids shootin, overpaid, way way overpaid player it will be too soon.

    October 29, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cliff

    Just so all you "Glee" fans know, Game 1 last night gained the highest rating since 2004. Don't think Glee would have gotten close to those ratings. Looks like theres a few more fans of the "boring" sport than y'all think.

    October 29, 2009 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MikeMaz

    The number of "men".. and I use that term loosely, who would rather watch Glee, or are sad that their shows are not on.. is pretty scary.

    And for the record.. soccer ( Yawwwwwwwwwn.. sorry I always yawn when I say that word) I understand is popular in various countries.. but for someone who has traveled a fair amount around the world.. My Yankee cap gets me a lot more looks and conversations than any soccer team.

    Any ratings drop for baseball is more than likely as a result of many more options on TV,rather than declining interest. Or didnt you notice that attedance at baseball games is at its highest point.

    October 29, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JN

    Why are so many of you hating on baseball? Millions of people love it. If you don't like it, turn the TV off, and go do something else like play with your kids or read a book. The world series (who cares why that's what its called) is on once a year, so get over it.

    October 29, 2009 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jeff123

    I betcha if this series wasn't being played in New York, that this article would have never been written at all.

    October 29, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sean mcgrath

    Declining "World" Series Ratings:


    October 29, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RGK73

    Funniest part of it is even though the whole world is not at all playing or paying attention to it, it is still called WORLD SERIES!
    Money speaks, nothing else:((

    October 29, 2009 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  16. EA

    This is the most ridiculous debate I've ever seen. Sports trumps television shows 100% of the time, it shouldn't matter what sport it is.

    That's not my opinion, that's simply fact.

    Especially playoffs. Shows are recorded and you can watch at leisure on dvr or on the internet whenever you want. Sports happen live (unless you want spoilers from people talking, internet, etc.) and require physical talent which only a few hundred in the world have, not to mention insane hand-eye coordination which usually goes unnoticed.

    oh and btw – thrfeed.com/2009/10/highestrated-world-series-opener-in-five-years.html

    October 29, 2009 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Dan

    Clay, you are in the minority. Most of America does love sports... Baseball is still America's Pasttime.

    And Frank, are you kidding me? Everyone used the juice, just cause A-Rod and Andy were man enough to admit it, you punish them? HAH!! And you're comment about Joe Buck couldn't be FURTHER from the truth. He is a self-professed Yankee hater... I mean, he is from St. Louis... are you serious? Please do some fact-checking before making such off-the-cuff comments you know little about.

    Go Yankees... Time to pound Pedro tonight!

    October 29, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Steph Gruber


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  19. adam chapman

    but your all right, sports is stupid and awful. i guess thats why 56 million people watched game one! thats almost 20% of the population!

    October 29, 2009 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Wes

    Honestly, this post couldn't be less in sync with the way the nation feels about baseball. Its boring and never was the self-described "nation's pastime". Like many other comment posts here, I am too far removed from baseball and it's honest roots to really care. In fact, I am generally annoyed that many of my favorite Thursday night shows will not be shown because of the series.

    We will be vindicated when the ratings come in... no where close to the likes of the SuperBowl or even most NFL playoff games.

    October 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Travis

    @ Tom: He wasn't caught with the steroids until AFTER the awards were given, and he was in fact punished as the rules stated he should be. The NFL at least enforces punishments that are written in the rulebook.

    October 29, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  22. NSL

    What a stupid article. Some of us actually like baseball and don't care about anything mentioned in the article.

    As for steroids, players who used them should have been expunged from the game, including their records. If McGwire's record can still stand, and Rodriguez can still play, it shows how shallow Selig and the baseball people running MLB think, while Pete Rose who bet on himself and his team is banned for life. Who hurt baseball more...the steroid kings if you didn't figure that out.

    As for soccer, it has the best athletes, but that doesn't mean baseball players aren't also great athletes. Having played both varsity sports through college, I can tell you for sure that while soccer players are incredible athletes, the single hardest thing to do in sports in my opinion is hit a baseball for a hit, and one of the hardest things to do in sports is catch a long line drive while running at full speed with the ball moving through a windy sky, and if it's at night with lights, it's even harder.

    October 29, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  23. adam chapman

    yea it may be called the world cup, but soccer is god awful boring! the only reason it is so hot in other places around the world is because they dont have the MLB or NFL! i watched glee, it reminds me of all the other junk on TV that comes out with something "new" every 2 weeks. and to those of you who say you dont like baseball on here, have you ever played baseball and been any good at it? no because if you did you would love it

    October 29, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Dave North

    Byron October 28th, 2009 7:33 pm ET
    I would really like to know why this baseball final is called "World Series", when the rest of the world is not involved. World Cup in soccer is open to ANY team in the world that can qualify.
    2 words: American Ignorance

    October 29, 2009 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Rareoccurrence

    Very few times in life have I had the chance to truly appreciate the American moral sentiment on display as I have seen it exhaustively laid out here. I am completely female and enjoy Glee and was dismayed at its absence, but I also enjoy the World (American) Series (not baseball just the championship, season is way too long that is why I am avid Footbal fan). Aren't we all glad to be in America and have access to both occassionally if not at the same time. Football is great and Soccer is enjoyable. We all have the right of Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Choice, and oh ...Freedom of Remote.

    October 29, 2009 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  26. MJ

    Yeah, but the only problem with the World Series is that you have to sit through a baseball game. zzzzzzz

    October 29, 2009 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Simone

    @Athina With a shorter season and less games, of course it's more likely that you'll have a close finish. But I think that's what makes it all the more impressive when it happens after 160 games. I also like how baseball almost eliminates the home field advantage throughout the season, with the 3 and 4 game series that take place between 2 teams, both home and away. You don't see that in every sport. And just because baseball players aren't running constantly for 2 hours does not mean what they do requires any less athleticism. Reaction times, especially in the infield need to be really sharp with the ball coming at you so fast. Catchers crouch for half the game, which you have to admit is no easy task, and throw back to the pitcher as many times as he throws to the plate. Outfielders run pretty big distances to catch balls. A pitcher throws at over 90 mph constantly. The precision players have throwing as far as they do, sometimes from the outfield to home, is pretty incredible. It looks easy, but it's not. And there's a reason they say baseball is 90% mental, because it is.

    Believe me, I have such great respect for soccer players and love the game. I don't blame you for getting heated up about it! I'll bet though any baseball player might feel the same way about what you said.

    October 29, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Kim

    Once the World Series started, I stopped watching! Who cares about the overpaid Yankees!! Yuck!!

    October 29, 2009 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Kristina

    Wow, folks sure do get pissed easily. I for one love baseball, no matter who is playing. Do I want the Yankees to get their asses handed to them? Yes. But regardless of their ridiculous pay grade, you can't deny they are an amazing team to watch.

    Oh, and all y'all who are so upset because baseball interrupted your television shows...well...I would suggest 2 things: a.) watch your shows online and b.) try getting outside sometime. The really real world is fascinating, I think you'll like it.

    October 29, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Cat

    It's a shame baseball is "America's Pasttime," because it's the most boring sport ever (well, besides the atrocity that is Nascar, but that's hardly a real sport). It is so unexciting (I do realize it take a lot of skill, talent, and athleticism, but who wants to watch?), but I hope the Phillies win. I'm so tired of the Yankees–they're overrated and they're not the only darned team in the country. I'll watch Glee next episode.

    October 29, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Tony

    HAHAHA. sorry man but no one really cares about baseball anymore. It's the world's most tainted sport.

    October 29, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Steve Millar

    I'd rather watch paint dry than watch baseball on TV. It's equally interesting plus the painters work for a LOT less. I honestly can't see how anyone could prefer mind-numbing streams of useless statistics (batting 340 with men in scoring position during road games against left handed pitchers in night games in September after west-bound flights with sitting Republican presidents ... uh, I forgot what we were talking about...

    I'll take singing and dancing cheerleaders EVERY TIME! Bring back Glee. Put baseball on its own network and see if anyone gives a damn.

    October 29, 2009 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Kathy

    You obviously don't understand why we watch Glee. It's not about the celebs. Who cares about Kate Hudson hanging out with Billy Crystal?! Glee is an hour to escape what is happening in this world and join in on exaggerated personalities of a dysfunctional high school in nowheresville. Even the actors and actresses haven't made a mess of their personal lives yet to detract fans. It's all about the characters and the story line of the show, not who is seen with whom at a baseball game. The singing, dancing, biting lines from Coach Sue and the unrequited attraction between Emma and Will keep us light on our feet throughout the week. So unless the Phillies and the Yankees do a mash-up of Black Eyed Peas and REM, we're not enthused. The World Series should consider being aired on a channel for sports. And as for the lady willing to put out for tickets... you're really using that as a point of contention? Lame.

    October 29, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Paul

    Sports, no matter which one you're talking about, is the only true reality show out there. It's never scripted, it's always new, it's frequently compelling, it's inspirational, it's emotional, it's heart-wrenching, and it brings entire communities together. There's few things comparable to watching a team you've followed since you were a child win (don't ask me though, I'm a Mariners fan), and there's few things comparable to the pain when they lose important games (trust me, I'm a Seahawks fan too).

    You just don't get that with scripted (read: fake) shows. Even reality shows are scripted. They may be poignant for a minute or two, but they don't have the lasting impact that sports have. I don't know anyone who likes MASH or Matlock simply because their parents did, but I can't count the number of people I know who are Cubs fans, Bruins fans, Cowboys fans, or even Clippers fans (that might be stretching it) because they grew up watching games with their parents.

    The best part is that you don't have to have a dog in the fight to watch. You just have to enjoy human drama of the real kind. Bud Selig didn't write the script for last night, neither did Fox or their advertisers. Cliff Lee just went out and pitched a lights out game and Chase Utley did something no one has done since Babe Ruth. Tonight, we get to see one of the greatest pitchers of our generation find out if he can still get it done against the best, and we get to see if the Yankees have enough guts to dig themselves out of a hole.

    I'll watch the Office later, give me real drama tonight.

    October 29, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Joey

    Baseball is "America's Pastime." How it got that term, I'll never understand, just like the Cowboy's are "America's Team."

    I don't like baseball. I love Glee. I also love football, hockey and boxing. Does that make me less of a man, cause I don't like baseball, and do love Glee?

    Something is wrong with you people, that say if you don't like baseball, you are somehow not as much of a man, or an American.

    Glad I'm moving to Canada, with people like you living in America.

    October 29, 2009 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Vi

    Gee, I wouldn't know whether "Glee" is better than the World Series because I have never watched the program. In fact, unless I am watching baseball, I never watch anything on Fox.

    With that stipulation, I would like to cast my vote for the geometric elegance of baseball in October. It is not about this year, or these two teams, or overpaid rosters, or rule-breaking steroid abusers.

    It is about the perfect balance and regularity of a sport that has lost a lot of respect but which used to be the focus of generations of Americans. I have rooted for my favorite team through thick and thin. Alas, they are not in this year's Series, but I love them nonetheless. My mother introduced me to the love of baseball. My father played in high school and college and taught me the rules and strategies of the game only after I caught "baseball fever" from Mother.

    Yes, the game is slow. Yes, the rules and customs change slowly, and they don't (yet) rely on replay to correct calls. Guess what? I've had a lot of crummy decisions made that affected my life that didn't have replay corrections, either. Suck it up and wait for your next At Bat.

    Baseball is a metaphor for a lot that happens in life. Slow down, really watch the game on the field, savor the moment because it doesn't last long. Your regular show will be on again in a week or two.

    If you just cannot bear to watch baseball, turn off the television and read a book. Or clean your house so you wont' be a candidate for the next episode of one of the filthiest home programs. Or tune in to one of the zillion Spanish language channels and watch a soccer game battled out for 90 minutes, only to conclude with penalty kicks –now that's exciting sports entertainment. Or not.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Nate

    Frank Stanton...I wish you were going to read this, but you posted yesterday so I doubt it. Get some facts straight before you vomit on the keyboard. Pettitte at no time used steroids. He used HGH when HGH was not a banned substance. He did it on two ocassions and both were due to injury...the first time the HGH was prescribed by his doctor. Get a clue.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Damien

    I would rather press a hot iron to my face than to have to sit through Glee again.
    What a wasted opportunity! A show choir musical should have been a blast but that smug, self satisfied, piece of garbage masquerading as an original tv show is a sad joke. NBC was smart to drop them from the parade.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Phils Fan

    As a Phillies season ticket holder, I agree with a lot others on here. I am really getting tired of Yankees this and Yankees that. Does anyone remember that the Phils are still the World Champs!

    In regards to pay, The Yankees I believe are the only team in MLB over the luxury tax rule for salary cap. I think they make almost $50M more than the Phillies. Also the Phillies salary is in the middle of the pack. I do agree that it is ridiculous what these guys make, all the teams.

    Can't wait to go to the clincher on Sunday and Broad Street parade on Monday!!

    October 29, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  40. bill

    As long as I don't see high-school drama-induced shows interrupting my baseball, I'm fine.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Chris

    No other sport of which I'm aware has inspired as much great literature, poetry, and cinema as baseball. While I prefer sports you could thoroughly define in one sentence (Track, soccer, etc.), there's no doubt that the game of baseball is bigger than the sum of its parts.

    Pity it's not as popular as it used to be. Americans want violence and showboating (football and basketball), not suspense and nuance.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Real

    @ Athina...soccer is pretty big in this country the thing is that the media doesnt want to admitted or see it that way, this past summer, Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan played friendly games all across the US, Barca played the LA Galaxy and that drew 92,000 people at the rose bowl, AC Milan Played Chelsea in Baltimore and the game was sold out, 71,000 people showed up to the game, Chelsea played againts Inter Milan in California and 82,000 people showed up, Real Madrid played DC united and 73,000 people showed up. These were friendly games, not OFFICAL GAMES...Friendly games and it drew lots of people...I remember when Manchester United played Celtic at Quest field in Seattle washington, that game broke the home team seahawks record. Also when Manchester United Played AC Milan in NY, it broke the attendace record at Giant stadium And remember these were meanless friendly games. HMMMMM think about that!!! and for the record I love MLS is an awsome league too.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  43. SouthJerzey

    If you were a young boy(or girl, but mainly boy) in America and never played baseball, punch your parents, parent, or legal guardian in the face. Regardless of your now adult opinion of the sport, baseball enriches any childs life over any TV show or video game. Watching my son play baseball and seeing what it does for him(and what it did for me) actually makes me pity the piece of crap parents that don't let their child participate in any sport. Let's see... baseball develops hand eye coordination, concentration, discipline, reaction skills, dedication, listening skills, rule observation, team work, joy of winning, agony of defeat, the importance of practice, etc... There is nothing but a positive impact on a childs physical, mental, and emotional well being. And this is done with very little to no aggression compared to soccer(Oh god) or football(my son's second favorite sport).

    My six year old son has replaced Spongebob with Rauuuuul Ibanez and Ryan Howard. He doesn't know what their salary is or that they even get paid for what they do. But, he strives to be like them and practices to accomplish it. School is school and an education is important, but you can't really teach a bored child, sitting at a desk the knowledge gained from playing baseball.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Jayy85

    The World Series Sucks! The MLB would be out of business if it werent for the Yankees and The Red Sox.... "Americas Pastime" is now the third most popular sport... Its sad but i'd rather watch re-runs of family guy, then some over-hyped boring a$s baseball game... The only entertaining season of Baseball is when all of it's stars were on steroids (late 90's).... Please bring back BALCO, so i can enjoy once again...

    October 29, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Jim H, Glendale, CA

    The Wall Street Yankees, who buy the biggest stars in baseball and treat them like they're the center of the universe, are the favorites against the Broad Street Phillies. I know lots of good friends who are Yankees fans for legit reasons: they were born in the Bronx. Aside from that, the FOX coverage is nauseating: they've rescheduled this thing to be played at night - instead of the day, when the family could watch or listen - and they've put in so many off days that we're going, most likely, to end this thing around All Saint's Day.

    And the Designated Hitter rule isn't baseball!

    October 29, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Rachel

    "if a sporting event has to resort to musical performances, celeb-spotting and the like, that's a clear sign that the actual game part is pretty boring. Wake me when people are there to see the sport being played, bot the pageantry"

    Ok, then I'll wake you up after Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers perform at the Super Bowl....

    October 29, 2009 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Athina

    @Mike in NJ – how does the win/loss percentage have anything to do with the fact that each football game matters MORE than each baseball game? you lose one here, you lose one there, big deal. you do the same in football, you're in trouble! it has nothing to do with percentages when the fact of the matter is i am arguing that there are WAY too many games in baseball for any one single game to matter during the regular season.

    I may not be able to throw a baseball at 90mph in a tiny little strike zone, but I was able to kick a soccer ball over 55mph at the age of 14 (the only time i ever had a shot clocked). And, you have to be able to do THAT with precision as well.

    Call ME when a baseball player spends the majority of his time during a 4 hour baseball game doing something more athletic than chewing tobacco...

    yankees are overrated.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  48. david

    Billy S – Good stuff. But all it is is memmories to you and your son. My son and I watch football. My father and I watched football. So it's still a matter of your opinion vs someone who doesnt like baseball. I think people are losing the point of the BLOG its not whether you like baseball or not it's whether one persons want to see something should trump anothers. I dont know about GLEE cause i dont watch it but I do watch House and was irratated that the ALCS was played nstead of muy show with no choice other than the internet to watch the missed episode. these shows have their own following and have earned their place on TV on their own merits and draw alot of advertising on their own. You do capture a larger marketing audience showing a major sports event rather then a smaller genre show. Which makes money for the network to be able to pay theses high paid actors.

    That being said Baseball is not what I want to be forced to watch. Some get irrated when we have to here a president read a speach when teh statte of the union is on. But i mean reaaly give an alternative let the episode play on a sister station ort something.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  49. AJ

    I grew up in Germany and played soccer for years (I'm a GIRL) and also played softball for years after moving to the U.S.. For those of you who think soccer isn't hard you obviously haven't played or stood close enough on the sidelines, so your ignorance is bliss. For me – playing either sport is fun and has it's unique challenges, but I wouldn't watch either on TV, it's just not the same. To each his/her own.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Pete

    Baseball – so much breaks, time for commercials and eating -therefore tons of money from sponsors.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Athina

    @roger – i'd like to see a source for your proven fact. an article in usatoday doesn't constitute proven fact to me. is it hard to hit a fastball in baseball? it sure as heck is! but to say it's proven fact that hitting a baseball is the hardest thing in all of sports, therefore soccer is inferior is a lousy argument. one skill doesn't make one sport harder over the other.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Mike

    To all of you that say Glee is so awesome, I can PROMISE you 2 things, 1) that 3 or 4 years down the road that you will be sick of Glee and will have moved on to yet another TV show, and 2) that baseball fans will still be sitting on the edges of their seats watching the World Series. A big reason that everyone is so big on TV shows in general is that most people don't have the attention span to sit and watch a sporting event from beginning to end. Why do you think that most tv shows only last at most an hour?

    October 29, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Rae

    For all those who say baseball is "boring": a game can be slow-moving if there is a pitcher's war going on, and that's exactly what happened for most of the game last night. Towards the end of the game, it became 100% clear that Cliff Lee had won the pitcher's war. Consequently, the game got much less "boring" @ the top of the 8th. (forget "GLEE" – I'd WAY rather watch LEE! 😉 )

    Hopefully, we will be seeing more Phils domination, making for some exciting, high-scoring games. I am proud to be a native Philadelphian and a lifelong PHILLIES FAN!!! (Not so proud of our own Susan Finkelstein though, who apparently got the Phils tickets she so desparately wanted from a local radio station....can you say, rewarding messed up behavior!??! Crazy!)

    October 29, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Gina

    For the soccer players that are bashing the MLB players "athletic ability"...I would like to see a soccer play pitch ALL 9 innings of a World Series baseball game, or see a soccer player get 2-3 homeruns in one game. Seriously, who cares if a soccer player can run for longer periods of time than a baseball player? They are all athletes, no matter what it is they excel at. Let's compare football players to tennis players next.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Levi

    Baseball is so boring. That being said it's still better than glee.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Rachel

    I'm confused about the title of this article. The author didn't make a case at all for why the World Series was better than "Glee." All they did was list the good things about the World Series. This article could have been titled "Why the World Series is better than 'House'" and it would have made as little sense.

    I almost watched the beginning to see the cast of "Glee" perform, but I decided that I had better things to do.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Reimer

    I do not care about Baseball.. all interesting scenes of any game can be summed up in less than 5min.

    I wonder how you guys would feel if they would air a cricket match instead?

    October 29, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Liz

    Someone actually had to sit down and put thought into this? I think probably anything is better than a show called "Glee." Also, why are we bothering to compare two completely different entities? I am pretty sure fans of Glee aren't interested in baseball... and fans of baseball aren't interested in Glee.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Kelly

    Go Tigers!!!!!!!!!!!!! Next year. I would rather watch Glee than Rodriquez and Jeter show off.
    So, I will be rooting for the Phillies.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Athina

    @The Duke – we can agree to disagree and that's ok. but as someone who played rather competitive soccer for nearly 18 years, i take offense to someone like you telling me that anyone can do it, and that if you were to practice for 2-3 weeks you could be competitive. i spent hours and days working to be where i was in soccer, and your comments are belittling to someone like me who worked really hard to play at the level i did.

    sure, hitting a baseball is hard – i can give you that, but kicking a soccer ball with the kind of precision and power that soccer players do is ALSO hard. most people never learn to shoot a soccer ball the RIGHT way! Being able to put that ball right where you want it to – to curve it around the 4 man wall blocking your free kick on goal, being able to place it on the back post on a corner kick. you severely underestimate the skill level required to compete at a high level in that game.

    baseball may be america's pastime but the rest of the WORLD loves soccer – americans just don't ever give it a real chance. it's just a shame.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  61. bones9233

    There is no way that ANYONE could say the World Series is better than Fringe. FOX sucks. Put sports on ESPN or some crap station like the WB

    October 29, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  62. adikos

    can't say i will be watching either.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Mike in NJ


    Athletic can mean many things. Hae you ever seen a Sumo wrestler? You may be surprised to fins out that those huge men are EXTREMELY athletic. Athletic = skill of mind, strength, speed, coordination, precision, fitness, endurance, and even luck... there's much more. Each sport requires specific set of these characteristics, in particular combinations. I personally find soccer boring. But I don't insult the athleticism of the sport. The day you can throw a fastball 90 mph over the center of an 18 inch wide by 24 inch tall area 100 times in a row, GIVE ME A CALL.

    Next, Way too many games? They can lose 50 games and still be in the playoffs? That's less than 1/3 of the games. Gives them, in your example, a 69% win loss ratio. The 2008 Steelers, who won the Super Bowl last year, were 12 and 4 – that is a win/loss ratio of **67%.** Math much, Athina??

    It is a sport where you have to work practically every day. Where you can be seriously injured. Where if you aren't consistent, you get FIRED. Where succeeding 30% of the times at bat is considered EXCELLENT.

    Finally, the Cheatin Spankees. Yup, all of them cheat, all the time, and twice on Sundays, I hear. None of them is a superb athlete, tactician, or just works their butt off. And fortunately, no one else in any sport has ever cheated before, (Especially that paradigm of sportsmanly pursuits, football) so yeah, we should just toss them out.

    Hypocrisy, prejudice, and ignorance. Nice combo there.

    Go Yankees!

    October 29, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  64. lamuella

    if a sporting event has to resort to musical performances, celeb-spotting and the like, that's a clear sign that the actual game part is pretty boring. Wake me when people are there to see the sport being played, bot the pageantry.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Cicco Prevails

    Wow, just, wow.

    I somewhat understand how fans of glee are upset (don't know why they are irate). I went through something similar in the late 90's-early 2000's with that string of Yankees WS and the preempting of Family Guy (excepting the AZ and FLA ones, who didn't know the Yankees would win those series?), but when I remembered that it was October, I was able to deal with it. Why? Because every October in the US we have LIVE playoff baseball. This fact of life is nothing new people. You learn to adjust to it, especially since it is only one broadcast station inundated with baseball.

    I understand a lot of people writing here hate baseball or don't understand it, etc. But to be completely ignorant of its existence is mind blowing. You do realize that your show is taped and can easily be played next week, right? And as important as you believe glee might be, FOX has a different opinion, NAY, factual influence: Glee's highest rated night was roughly 9mil views (which came in May for its pilot; nothing even close since then); the last night's game drew over 17mil viewers.

    So the point is: WS haters are entitled to your opinions and that's about it.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Athina

    @Simone – you can have a season come down to one or two games without playing 150 games prior...why not just make the season shorter with fewer games? and baseball players may play up to 2 games a day, but seriously – how much strenuous activity is going on in those 3-4 hours they are "playing?" chewing tobacco/gum/seeds doesn't count...

    i can appreciate that people like baseball – everyone has their own thing. i get frustrated and angry when people tell me soccer is for wusses and that anyone can do it. i played soccer for 18 years at a rather competitive level, and if everyone could do it, why weren't they out there with me?

    not trying to attack – just a little heated up about some of the comments on here 😛

    October 29, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  67. rick

    For those that say they are supporting the phillies just because the yankees have known steroid users like Rodriquez and Pettite, please open your eyes. Can you honestly say that no one on Phillies ever used PED's? Theres no point bashing a team just because it has players that used ped's. And as much as you think only the rich teams can make it the world series and win, look at the match ups of the past decade, the rays? the marlins? the angels? the white sox? the cardinals? Also, if you dont like the sport, why the hell comment and bash it? We all have different opinions and interests, so guaranteed we're not all going to like the same things. If you're a sports fan, appreciate a sport for what it is, if you're not, just move along.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Kayleigh

    Glee is better than the World Series.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Lance

    World Cup!? The best players in the WORLD play in MAJOR LEAGUE baseball. IT doesn't matter where they're from. It's the top level on the planet and that's why they call it the world series! Get over steroids Frank Stanton. If you had a chance to make more money for your family, you would, get off your high horse.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  70. ROCKY

    probably most comments made here are from people who have never lived in the country or had to work on a farm for a living. If you have you would probabley enjoy a good baseball game. people enjoyed sports more then, they do now. Life really means something to us old people and some day maybe it will you to.You go and do what you like but don,t criticize America favorite past time sport, you just don't know to really enjoy it and life I can see that now.So to all of you who I think are full fo buffalo chips you can kiss my ????????

    October 29, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Christy

    You are out of your mind, baseball is America's pasttime, not a tv show!

    October 29, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Jonathan

    I'm with you on the "Steroids are bad" opinion, but just because you haven't been caught doesn't mean you never did it. There's not a team in baseball that is innocent, so it's a bit naive to think that A-Rod and Pettitte are the only guilty guys. Your buddy Ryan Howard hit fifty-eight home runs in 2006. I'm not saying that Howard did 'roids, but before Mark McGwire there were maybe four guys who had hit that many in a season in all of baseball history. You'd have to admit that there's a chance that power wasn't due to just a few extra reps in the gym. Oh, and I'm with you on the idiot status of the former governor of Alaska too, by the way.

    October 29, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Jamie

    LOL, Glee is better than 99% of crap on TV now, especially sports! Long Live Glee! Amazingggg show! =)

    October 29, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  74. jose

    Baseball is the best sport ever!
    who cares about glee.
    maybe if you actullay got up the couch and played the sport you wouldnt talk so much crap about it

    October 29, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Graham

    The World Series and baseball in general, are boring. I love sports, but I'd much rather watch Glee.

    October 29, 2009 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Frank

    It's called the World Series because is the best baseball league in the world. not only that but you can find people from around the world playing in the MLB. Bunch of haters is what you find reading this blogs.

    October 29, 2009 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Chris

    Go Phillies!!!!!

    October 29, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Carl

    For those who know, baseball runs deep in those who understand it and watch it. Why? The reasons are many but mainly our love affair can be blamed on its rich history both good and bad. Baseball in itself is a very simple game but I personally believe when you play baseball you're actually participating in a patriotic act of homage. Ironically, even in its simplicity the complexness of the human dramas within it can be almost overwhelming. As we witness and even partake in it we are thrust into “one on one” situations, pitchers against batters, your best stuff against my best stuff, the comeback against all odds, high profile salaries and the comparisons to the greats of the past and the legends of old an new Americans some of which who left their home countries just to come and play. Top it all off by the very fact of what this simple little game has meant to this country and you will find it basically embodies who we are as a people. If you think I’m wrong. Try this. During this 2009 series, if the scores are close in inning 8 or 9 and the camera pans to the crowd, take a close look at the spectators on every pitch. I guarantee you will find more than one if not most with there hands in a praying or solemn folded position and with utmost and undivided attention. Try finding that at any other sport in the US. You won’t because baseball whether we like it or not defines the country at our root as a pastime. Heck just take a look at all the baseball clichés’ we use and you’ll understand (Home run, grand slam, bottom of the ninth with two outs etc.). When this simple game is played in its truest form it’s a reflection of our virtues as a people who basically want to believe in fairness as well as our own achievements as team and as ultimate individuals which some actually dare to call…. heroes. That’s my two cents on the subject….. Now play ball! Batter up!

    October 29, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Aluna

    why the 7 games series. For both baseball and basketball. I think all like wrestling, fixed not worth watching.

    October 29, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  80. D Train

    PS- Go Phil's!

    Forget about the Yanks!

    October 29, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  81. D Train

    I hate to break this to all you soccer, football, golf, GLEE, etc fans, but there is nothing harder in any sport than hitting a fast pitched baseball.

    You have about a third of a second from the throw to the catchers mitt to decide when and where to swing, and to actually do it! Pretty dang impressive.

    Baseball has its own finesse and skill that goes beyond just endurance, or being able to hit someone.

    And I agree. Soccer is wicked boring to watch.

    Glee is a great show, but it can wait til the Series is over. The series is an American tradition. Glee is one year old.

    October 29, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  82. The Duke

    @ Athina

    You're right, I think soccer is hard. I'm not discounting soccer as a good sport, I just have to understand just like all of you have to understand each game to enjoy it. The major issue I have is the scoring, there isn't any. I have played soccer in high school gym class, again no scoring. it was hard for me but I definitely believe that if you gave me or anyone a few weeks of practice and fundamentals of soccer, it can be played at a decent level.

    There are reasons that baseball isn't played by everyone, there are also reasons it isn't even something you play in high school gym. because non athletic people have no shot of being able to hit, field, throw or any aspect of baseball. Not only that a few people would even take a grounder or pop up off the chin.

    I'm not saying soccer is bad, I really enjoy the World cup.
    I'm just saying anyone can play soccer, Not anyone can play baseball. As much as it looks boring it's by far the hardest sport to athletically get. Most of the time I don't watch the games. If you have a life you can't watch the games or the TV shows.

    I just find it comical how people that have either cut from a baseball team or never tried it because they were watching TV can make such crazy statements about the unbelievable talented athletes that are playing the game professionally.

    October 29, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  83. chris

    why is it called the world series when it is always played in the Bronx. Go Yankees. Yankees in 6

    October 29, 2009 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  84. David

    Baseball boring only to people with boring minds

    October 29, 2009 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Glee hater

    Why are people impressed by this horrible, uninspired TV trash? UGH!

    October 29, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Kevin

    I'm a HUGE glee fan and also a HUGE baseball fan. I would gladly wait 1 maybe two weeks of glee episodes so I can see the Phillies kick the Yankees buTts. And by the way, the best players in the world come to play baseball in the MLB. Among the highest numbers come from Cuba, Venezuela, Japan, Taiwan, Netherlands, Mexico, and South Korea. Those countries are all around the world! And besides, you try and find me a baseball championship in the world that is so much more grand than the World Series. Then, I will start listening to your "It shouldnt be called the World Series" arguments. You all need to get a grip. Baseball IS america's pastime and has been since the late 1800's

    Go Phillies!

    October 29, 2009 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  87. roger

    Athina--I hate to agree, but it's a heck of a lot harder sport. It's a proven fact that the hardest thing to do in all of sports is to hit a baseball.

    In what sports can you fail 7 out of 10 times and be an all star? For people that don’t know that's hitting 300. In basketball if you miss 7 out of 10 free throws you suck. In football drop 7 of 10 passes you suck. Soccer goalie misses 7 out of 10 shots he sucks.

    The fact is soccer is the most popular sport in the world–but the reason why is financial–all you need is a ball.

    By the way I'm not saying any other sports sucks–I love all sports and think they are all great for the mind and body.

    October 29, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  88. mike

    Ezra, that was one funny post. Good to see some people don't take life too seriously.

    October 29, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Doug

    Baseball is much too slow to offer compelling drama. An aide to insomnia possibly, but don't be sold on the hype.

    October 29, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Simone

    @Athina Each game doesn't count?? There have been many times when getting to the postseason comes down to the final games. A few years ago the NY Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and the Cleveland Indians were all withing 1 or 2 games of each other for the last few games, trying to clinch a spot. Just this season the Tigers and the Twins had to have a play-off game, 1 game, because they were tied at the end of the entire season. Baseball players have maybe 1 day off every 2 weeks, and play for 3-4 hours straight. I'd like to see a soccer player get up and throw 100+ pitches at 90-100 mph. Of course soccer is an extremely athletic and exciting sport, probably one of the most. Anyone who says otherwise has probably never watched the game. But believe me, if you actually watch baseball and understand the game, it can be just as exciting, if not more, than any fast-paced game.

    And for those people not into sports, fair enough. Don't watch – simple solution. If you can't find something else to do because Glee or any other program isn't on TV so Fox can air the World Series, then that's pretty sad.

    October 29, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Alisha

    IT IS NOT! I was so disappointed when I sat down after a 10-hour day at work, exhausted from being mother, wife, and employee to watch the one thing that lifts my spirits in mid-week slump and to my dismay I was instead faced with overpaid, overstuffed men in stripes and baseball hates. Gag me with a spoon.

    October 29, 2009 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Grizzly

    Wanna see what the cast of Glee does with the Star Spangled Banner? If they know what's good for them, they'll just sing it and get the heck out of the way! Play Ball!

    and if they try any of that mash-up s–t, there will be slushie attacks on a WMD scale.

    October 29, 2009 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Rachel

    Mike in NJ has been one of the only commentors that actually touches upon what baseball is really about. Building off his comment about the good ol' experience of the game, I will say this: To the player, and the true fan, it is a "thinking man's" game. The slowness is the tension building up. It's about thought, timing and precision. It is one of the most mentally-grueling sports we have in the world. The people who cannot appreciate baseball are the ones who have been affected by the "I need it NOW" shift in the world. Baseball fans will tell you one of their most sought-after moments in baseball is to witness a no-hitter in person. A no-hitter.... Where the other team gets zero hits on base. If you don't understand the excitement of that, it's understandable why you don't get baseball.

    To those who say "I don't see any other countires being represented here..." Are you joking? I mean.... are you? How many Latino players make up each team? Baseball is HUGE in Latin America, and the MLB is a way many under-privileged Latin Americans can come to America, playing the sport they love and supporting their families back home. We're also seeing an incline in the number of Asians making it in the MLB. Baseball is increasingly popular in the East. Obviously, you don't pay attention to the Baseball World Classic, where MLB teammates are divided, playing for the title for their own home country. There's an MLB superstar on nearly every country that participates team.

    To me, football is boring. There's barely room for suspense. In the last minutes of the game, if a team is up two touchdowns, barring any amazing play, you know what the outcome will be. Baseball truly is an up-to-the-last-out game. You never know what is going to happen in the end, no matter if a team is down four runs in the bottom of the ninth with two outs. We've seen those extra four or five runs come in those last minutes.

    Baseball gets its stage in October. That's just a few weeks within 152 in a year. "Glee" will come back in two weeks. You'll get your fix. But some people wait for this moment all year. Some people wait years to see their team make it to the stage. It is that hope and the devoted fans, who stick through extra innings in the drizzling rain at midnight simply for the love of the game, that makes baseball America's true passtime.

    October 29, 2009 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  94. brian

    Baseball is the most boring of the major sports. In fact the only baseball 'stars' I know by name are the ones who make headlines for sterioid use. Give me a good written show (The Office, 30 Rock) over boring sports anyday!

    October 29, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Sid

    Sports is the ultimate reality show,

    I am a MAN, I will not watch a show that has singing, dancing and teenagers screaming in it. Any of you guys who watch "glee" hand in your man card and get your tickets for oprah.

    October 29, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  96. roger

    Go cry about steroids somewhere else. If you enjoy baseball watch the series it will be a great one.

    The real travesty in all of sports is the amount of steroids used in football, along with pain killers. If you tested football players like you do baseball players. There would be no football.........and that is a fact!!!! 6’3 over 300 pounds running a 4.7 40-yea that seems normal….are you kidding me!!!!!

    October 29, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Scooter

    Surely you jest! Baseball is a fascinating sport to watch. The strategy, maneuvering, guessing and out-guessing are a thing of beauty to watch for an educated baseball fan. I'm not a Yankees or Phillies fan, but it's still the World Series, the culmination of the long grueling season and I will watch as much as I can. After that, it's four months of waiting till spring training (a long wait for us die-hard fans) but our patience is always rewarded by a new, freash season. I'll watch some football and basketball to pass the winter months, but they are only temporary diversions until baseball season rolls around.

    October 29, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Ninos

    Nice try! Baseball is a joke, and no-one cares!! With that said, I wouldn't mind getting paid millions of dollars to pretend it's a job!!

    October 29, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  99. brett

    Baseball is a laughing stock. I wouldn't watch baseball (even the World Series) unless I was payed just as much as the players.

    October 29, 2009 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Kell

    Yank e fan, while the Phillie's may be number 7 on the payroll, the difference in payroll between the Phillie's and the NYY could pay for Dodgers....

    October 29, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  101. EJ

    so why is this article out which doesn't even talk about the game itself and I for one could care less for celebs in any game or stand, only people that watch every single move celeb make are those ppl that have nothing better to do and why the hate for a pasttime game, I know we all have opinions but my God hating a game as old as baseball is just wow to me.

    I'm going for the Yanks since Im a new yorker and also since the Mets and Braves arent in it so yea.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Dave of Old

    It is always nice to see "play" in which a David humbles a "Goliath" and that is what we have in the Phillies and Yankees. Simply to see a pitcher in the name of Cliff Lee completely shut down the vaunted Yankee machine was remarkable in itself. It was not a Yankee who repeated the Babe Ruth spectacle, it was a Phillie in the likes of Chase Utley. This is Broadway brought to the ballpark! This is why the game is so important. The best team money can buy can be had by an opposing staff that doesn't pay the almighty rates that the Yankees have for its staff. Wet weather may have made the difference why the Yankees were vulnerable but in the end, the mighty too can be vanquished!

    October 29, 2009 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Mike

    Wait a second did i just see someone call baseball a slow sport and then follow that up with "I can't wait for the world cup." ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!? The only thing more slow and boring to watch than soccer is golf. And for those that like Glee and other tv shows, there is a reason that those shows only last 5-10 years. There is only so much you can do with a tv show. Baseball on the other hand has new stories every year and has a consistent fan base with an attention span longer than 5 seconds that doesn't have to be spoonfed stories in one hour increments.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Elizabeth Ludwig

    I'm a big sports fan, but if it comes to choosing sports over music, sports loses. The constant talking by the commentators who think they are such experts is nauseating. I often mute sports telecasts just because of this – I can follow the action quite well thank you.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Tina

    It's one thing to enjoy these types of things on stage and screen – a.k.a. fiction/acting. It's quite another to see it going on in real life and witness people acting like this is the most important thing happening in the world today. To add insult to injury, we have a sport where it has been proven time and again that its stars are using questionable and/or illegal substances to enhance their performances. Once again, the general public shows its ignorance by buying in to all of this. Sorry, but I'll take "Glee" and even syndicated re-runs of Seinfeld any day.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Teri

    For the love of God, sporting events have their own networks (ESPN and ESPN 2), use them and leave the other networks alone. I am so sick of the obsession with sports. There is more to life than sports. If one wants sports, they should have to go to the devoted network and watch it, do not mess us the other networks!

    October 29, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Athina

    @The Duke

    you know nothing about soccer – have you ever even watched a game? players do have to throw the ball back in play – i've even seen people do a flip on the ball to give it more distance. the goalkeeper has a huge net to protect and is constantly diving around to make plays. no padding or protection like a hockey goalie either. soccer is a physical sport – if you'd watch more than 30 seconds on a highlight reel, you'd know that. and if you've ever played competitively you'd know that as well.

    and in professional and international play – substitutions are very limited – almost everyone on the field plays the full 90 minutes, then if overtime another 30 minutes, plus penalty kicks at the end if it gets to that. i wanna see any old joe schmoe handle that.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Brian

    I disagree, Glee is much better – in fact I wish they would air it at a different time slot so we could DVR/Tivo it. It almost reminds me of Seinfield on a high school level. Hell, I wish they would continue the episodes on-line, I'll skip the game and watch the highlights on ESPN – nothing like watching the entire game in 15 minutes!!

    October 29, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Tiko

    World series already started? Wow. How could I have missed it?
    Hopefully the world champion is going to be Germany this year, but I would not mind Argentina.
    USA against Russia final would be awesome though.
    By the way when is Australia playing?

    October 29, 2009 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Caleb Hyles

    Sorry, I didn't know that. But to be honest, I really don't like the Phillies or the Yankees. I just always hear so much about them, that it seems like they are always playing each other. The media LOVES them.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  111. RPM

    Baseball America's pastime? That's right. It is PAST it's TIME.

    It really isn't even a sport. It is a game. Played by over-paid, over-fed, grown men playing a kids game. Sitting on a bench the majority of the time. Only getting off their behinds to pick up a 2lb stick and swat it in the air.
    The good ones only get to actually run anywhere a third of the time. The rest just slovenly trod back to the bench for a refill on tobacco(a drug mind you) and nuts.

    Soccer players run an average of 4-6 MILES a match. Football players are pushing 300lb men around the field while running and catching. Basketball players run constantly (well, NBA players are kind of a joke. Lots of walking and standing around on defense). Most every other sport out there has true athletes.

    Baseball=gamers, not athletes.

    Not that I am condoning sitting on the couch watching "Glee", I am just saying, get over the fact that it is "baseball" and that the "world" should be watching.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Dave

    First, I am a huge sports fan – and can watch almost any type of sport. With that being said, people who aren't sports fans, I understand – you don't like baseball or sports – but to claim it is dumb to be on is stupid. Look at the advertising dollars it generates, look at the MILLIONS of people that tune in for that game – that otherwise wouldn't be watching t.v. or at least that channel – it is a focused group they can advertise. As far as salaries – overpaid....Yes – but that is driven by market – dollars generated in sales of products, TV rights, and anything else – if the players weren't paid accordingly, then the owners would be getting that much more – it is all a percentage. Now you can choose not to support that by not buying anything advertised – which generates money that feeds the monster and by not going to the game. But try that and let me know if that is possible! As far as "World Series" – look up the history of that name – how long has it been around – it was coined when baseball was only an American sport – not a world sport – kind of tough to change it now, don't you think? It is called tradition – I am sure in your non-sports world, there are things that referred to that are no longer appropriate, but that is how you know it and frankly, it is just to tough to change. One last note – your shows aren't being "missed" they are just being put off for a week or two – so use this time to spend some other quality time with your family if sports isn't considered that – go to a park, bike ride, library, maybe cook a meal at home and sit around the table and put the cell phones away and have some "family time" other than watching t.v.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Athina

    If baseball requires so much athleticism, why are many of the players fat? seriously? A soccer player runs an average of 7 miles a game, and there are no commercial breaks or time outs to slow down the pace.

    baseball also has WAAAAAAAY too many games in a season, so much so that it's not exciting because they can lose 50 games and still make the playoffs...at least in football, each game counts! there's excitement for all the games, not just the series at the end.

    and i'm tired of hearing about the cheatin' spankees – and most of the action you see in a game is someone chomping on a huge wad of gum or spitting seeds...eew. this game is so over as "America's Pastime"

    October 29, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  114. a.gullicksrud

    Hate to break it to you but Glee is SO much better than the World Series. Actually, anything on is better than baseball.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  115. lumps

    Hey Mitch, just a FYI, USA is at the top of their group in qualifying for the World Cup. Maybe we should all show a little support...

    October 29, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  116. lfs

    The Phillies are playing very well. But of course it's because they are all auditioning to get picked up next year by the Yankees!

    October 29, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Hannibal Schlechter

    Nothing like a blog about sports to bring out unnecessary insults. Good LORD, none of you created these teams. Stop taking it so personally.

    Sports should be broadcasted on ESPN so all the network shows aren't interrupted, regardless of what show.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  118. The Duke

    All right, I can understand woman making remarks that Glee would be better than a baseball game, but guys are saying this as well. Cmon no wonder this country is in trouble, there aren't enough men, It's crazy to think we're to the point in time that a guy would like and even admit to liking a teenager tv show(which is good) over any sporting event of this magnitude. I feel bad for the woman of this world with guys like that running around. or maybe i shouldn't because obviously the guys also watch infommercials with their significant others on sundys rather than football.

    As far as soccer compared to baseball, it's not even a question of which sport takes more ability. Anyone can run, kick and fall on purpose(my 2 year old does that). Have you ever seen a soccer player (or anyone) throw, catch, swing a bat and actually hit the ball, field a grounder, catch a pop up or all of the things that a baseball player has to do. They usually can't do it so at an early age their parents will put them in soccer because it's EASY. Now at the world cup level, it's a whole dfferent story, those guys are good but let's be honest, as good as they are there's no scoring, who gets excited over a good try. To say soccer is better than ANYTHING is just nutty. The MLS in the US is not good because any kid who can kick real well becomes the kicker for their high school football team because there are actually more than 22 people that attend their games.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Ct Res

    If the teams would each re-enacted the "Put a ring on It" football scene from GLee (on youtube)....well, now THAT WOULD BE ENTERTAINING!

    October 29, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Francis

    Its really a shame that alot of you people dont realise how great you have it. To be able to go to baseball games in the bigger cities..and you want to watch Glee. Baseball is a time honnored tradditon. As a Canadian living in a small town in a small province, I miss the the days at the ball park. Granted a majority of experiences are of watching the Expos from 2001-2004 with a quick peek at the Toronto Blue Jays in 2003. Are players over paid? Maybe but what about your high priced actors? Do they really deserve the money they are getting for repeating the lines someone else wrote? At least when Derek Jeter is swinging, its him swinging. To all of you previlaged enough to live in a baseball town, I say go get a ticket, sit in a cheap seat and enjoy something that verry few of us can.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  121. david

    Tom – Dude Meriman got suspended. So yes he ws scathed. Yes he may still be startting but he isnt exactly lighting it up and has all but fell into obscurity. look at his stats. Here ill give it to you. 18 tackles and 0 sacks. Not exactly lighting it up. I dont hate Baseball I enjoy playing it but watching it is for the birds. I watch alot of Football and NBA and golf and Soccer. Baseball just doesnt entertain. Even at its pivital moments with a tema hanging on to a 1 run lead wiith a guy at third it doesnt move me to the edge of my seat.

    To people telling non baseball watchers to get a life-

    Yes people who have regularly scheduled prgramming they like to watch should be able to say they dont appreciate they're shows getting interuppted to watch baseball. It being the nations favorite past time is well behind us. They should at least postpone the broadcast of that episode but they dont. You have to find it on on demand if you ahve it or on the internet if you are able. Put baseball on ESPN or VS.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Simone

    Patrick – that's actually a myth, but there is a legitimate reason it's called the World Series. Before modern baseball in the 1880's, the National League and the American Association played a World's Championship Series – so named in an effort to encourage baseball to spread to the rest of the world. Promoters and players would travel the world promoting sporting goods and looking for teams to play in the "World Championship Series". They couldn't find any, and eventually gave up. When the modern era of baseball began in 1903, the phrase World Series was borrowed from the championship series held 20 years earlier. No one has been able to find any proof that the World Newspaper ever sponsored it.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Brad

    One more thing, fans of glee, by postponing tonights program to a later date you won't be missing any content. The show will go on at a later date. It's not like they had an episode planned for tonight that will be incinerated before anyone can view it.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Vanessa

    Jer: If you remember last year the Tampa Bay Rays, one of the "poorest" teams in MLB was in the World Series!

    October 29, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  125. yank e fan

    Thank you for your input, Robert. Very helpful.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Brad

    This is the ADD generation. They cannot sit still for five minutes so don't expect them to sit still for 3 hours. Maybe MLB can install change the ball to a flashing disco ball to garner these kids attention. Go Phils, I need my bottle of Kettle One I plan on claiming from my buddy when the Phils close it out.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  127. yank e fan

    @Philly Dude- Yankees may be on top of the payroll list but here's something you may not know- Phillies are number seven... out of thirty! So you can't really make the argument. And the Yankees are favored to win because they've done it 26 times before. History counts for something in this sport.

    Oh @Caleb Hayes- this is only the second time these teams have played in the world series together since 1950, which is pretty remarkable.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  128. K R

    It's called the World Series because the best baseball players in the world are in Major League Baseball.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Rob C

    I'm sorry, after golf baseball is the most boring of sports to watch. I'd rather watch just about anything else.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Ali

    The only this worse than sporst on Fox is the fact that they have their stupid commentary half hour afterwards.
    It's just mindless rambling of old has been's that makes the few shows that are worth watching way later.

    I wouldn't mind the sports if they didn't have that stupid commentary afterwards.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  131. robert

    I'd rather watch paint dry than baseball.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Nelson

    @Mitch, You'll be happy to know that, not only is Football (A.K.A. Soccer) still played in the States but, the States has already qualified for next year's World Cup in South Africa. They also need our support.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Chris

    I'm cool because I hate the Yankees.

    I'm also hip because I think the Beatles are overrated.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Tom

    I agree Christi. Enough of Kate Hudson or whoever else. Oh, there's Jack Nicholson at the Lakers game! I mean, enough already. Show me the game. Show me the Yankees getting dominated and seeing overpiad Teixeira go o-fer (again). I love it!

    October 29, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Tom

    Seriously if you like TV shows then watch them and shut up. If you like sports fine then watch them and shut up. Newsflash folks - we all are individuals and you saying sports sucks TV rules or someone saying vice versa doesn't matter...good for both of you. Its all entertainment and there's nothing wrong with being a fan of either sports or the shows like Glee....personally i think prime time TV has been Godawful for years now...

    October 29, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Mitch

    I did not know that soccer was still played in the states.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Christi

    Why should I care about watching Kate Hudson watch baseball?

    I don't understand the obsession with celeb sightings at games. Who cares if famous people like baseball? So do regular people... Do famous people do something more interesting while watching it?

    October 29, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Tom

    david–i would venture to guess you are a football fan who hates baseball. what you said make absolutely no sense. 'his career is in the tubes.' right. he starts in the nfl as a linebacker for the chargers..how is that in the tubes? because of tila tequila? people talk about baseball players and steroids all the time, and it gets old. if another player, in another sport, gets caught using steroids, no one cares. but, if neifi perez gets caught using steroids, its the top story on espn.com (as it once was). people STILL mention a-rods steroid use, and he's still getting scathed. but, btw, merriman NEVER got scathed...there's a double-standard and it's ridiculous.

    but, i'm going to enjoy the world series and love watching the overpaid yanks go down. take THAT billy crystal!

    October 29, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  139. david

    It is a skill of the mind? Huh one of its best hitters is Manny ramirez. I mean really.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Caleb Hyles

    And baseball is for 'tough guys' with way too much testosterone and steroids corsing through there veins. When it comes to MLB, you can get some real meatheads.

    On the other hand I do enjoy baseball, from time to time. My home town of Montgomery, AL has a baseball team that I watch frequently. I played baseball in a league for nine years (right-field, fourth-at-bat), However, I'm not going to talk bad about something I don't even know about. I'm a frequent Glee viewer and in my opinion it's far deeper a show then you give it credit for. High School Musical is fine, and so is baseball. I am proud to admit that I enjoy baseball and I thoroughly enjoy Glee. It's sad that my Braves couldn't get anywhere this year (like it has been for awhile), but I'm not interested in seeing the Yankees and Phillies duke it out for the umpteenth time. In short, baseball=Glee......but I would have preferred Glee this week.

    November 11, time to Defy Gravity!

    October 29, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Philly Dude

    @Kristina, the World Series is interesting because it is between a real true blue blooded blue collar team, the Phillies vs. the corporate cold blooded Yankees who are indeed the "largest bandwagoned team out there" as you put it. And who are also favored to win, for god only knows what reason, against a defending World Series team. And isn't it going to be beautiful to see those stinkin' Yankees go down in defeat to the Phightin' Phils?!

    October 29, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  142. dbrown1225

    I love the World Series...but this blog left me asking 'how the hell does this person have a blog on CNN?'

    October 29, 2009 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  143. go yankees

    anyone who wants to cry or gets visibly upset when their favorite show is not on needs to get a life. GO YANKEES

    October 29, 2009 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  144. TPG

    give me glee (or heck, I would even take rock of love or kate +8) over any sports anyday. watching high school kids overcome obsticles is better than watching overpaid steriod dirty men play baseball anyday.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  145. Nancy

    From reading most of these comments, you'd never know that most of these people have about 100 channels to choose from. And there's a guy who thinks his local over-the-air FOX affiliate has the technology to offer a choice of programming to the home?! Sorry guy, you have the technology. It's called a remote.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  146. Laura from PA

    Patrick, thank you for the enlightened answer. It's about the only comment in this whole parade of opinion that has real meaning. Just like the fact that baseball is a thinking man's game. It's a battle of skill and will, with a rigorous schedule that would exhaust most athletes. So it's not surprising that shallow minded people get ticked off when their mindless routine is interrupted by something they will never understand.

    If you want to see a real athlete worth the respect of adults and children, just look at Cliff Lee.

    Go Phillies!

    October 29, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  147. david

    Tom – He was suspended sir. And now his carreer is in the tubes cause he isnt the same without performance enhancers. pretty simple. Football has always had a much better policy of testing then the MLB. A ROD barely got scathed by his revelation that he used roids. Maybe 2 weeks of talk thats about it.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  148. yank e fan

    Stacy – If you don't like it, you don't have to watch. The article was merely suggesting how the world series is a better choice on television right now and was only one opinion, as is yours. If you prefer, you can watch Glee reruns on Hulu until it's back on the air.

    October is baseball month and until they increase the number of regular season games again, it's not going anywhere.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  149. Mike in NJ

    It saddens me that Baseball's measured precision and leisurely pace punctuated by feverish action is being overtaken by football's brutality and mania. Sure baseball has its problems and controversy (thank goodness football is free of THAT!) but in its 'boring' simplicity lies its elegance.

    So instead of thinking of the World Series as the example of baseball, instead think of the grandpa taking his grandson and daughter to a Thursday afternoon game, make it the Lions and the Indians. Yeah, they're not going to win the pennant any time soon. Yeah, sometimes it's like watching grass grow. But it's not about the ADD-addled manic insanity of 6 275 pound guys literally trying to crush 6 other people that stand between them and an oblate ovoid. Watch Field of Dreams, or any other baseball movie. Relax a little. Have a hot dog, some mustard and kraut, who cares what's in it. Tell your kid about the infield fly rule, or tell him what's really in that little bag the pitcher keeps picking up. Forget 'life' for a little while, because it's just baseball for a few hours.

    Oh yeah, by the way. Nearly all experts agree: the most dificult basic skill in any sport is TO HIT A PITCHED BASEBALL. So simple does not equal easy.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  150. Heather

    I happen to love me some MLB but I must say I love me some Glee much more. I would much rather watch Glee anyday than a bunch of teams I don't even enjoy watching. Good luck with that...I just decided to watch Americas Next Top Model instead...atleast one of the stations was playing some good Television last night!!

    October 29, 2009 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  151. Truman

    Boring! I'll get my entertainment elsewhere, thank you.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  152. lfs

    Best game in the world, ever! Teams play a grueling 162 games a season. Players are true athletes. We get to watch it all on TV, and guess what, they don't wander around during the commercials. If you don't like it, change the channel.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  153. Kristina

    First of all, MAYBE the World Series would be interesting if it wasn't the Yankees playing. Its the largest "bandwagoned" team out there. They aren't even the least bit interesting. Yay Jeter, Yay ARoid (who has gotten more publicity dating Kate Hudson than when he was actually caught doing steroids...)...Plus, I am doubting somewhere in my baseball loving mind that there will even be a game 6...hopefully not even a game 5. Go Glee.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  154. michael

    wrong glee is so much better and i wanted to cry when it was not on

    October 29, 2009 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  155. Tom

    Amen Brian!

    And who ISN'T overpaid in the sports/entertainment industry!

    October 29, 2009 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  156. Tom

    david–what has shawne merriman done? what do you mean? he's still playing, isn't 'evil' like ARod....etc. And, no one cared or even made an issue of Merriman getting caught. Ah, but since the NFL tested, it's okay. Give me a break. someone said mlb rewards it's players for cheating...I just said the same thing about Merriman.

    Ah, but A-Rod used the stuff and he's evil. Whatever. And, MLB, arguably, has the toughest drug testing of all the sports.....every month and it isn't announced.....no coincidence the homers have gone down. 50 games. Look at Manny...he's not the same anymore.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  157. Stacy

    Oh please! Make me gag! Everything seems to center around sports, and baseball is the most boring of all! Overpaid babies!

    October 29, 2009 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  158. Tom

    I love playing softball/baseball. While I would agree baseball is slow and painful to watch to a ton of people, a softball/baseball game can be a ton of fun to play.

    If MLB would quit with these 3 minute commercial breaks (every half-inning), and the trips to the mound, and non-stop pitching changes in the 8th and 9th....it'd be much more compelling. Nevertheless, I've watched the World Series every year since 1983. Why stop now?

    October 29, 2009 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  159. Jen

    Go Yankees!!

    October 29, 2009 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  160. Brian


    Why does your sport, tv show or favorite pastime have to be number one? Everybody likes what they like, get over it. So far this has turned into a bashing of baseball, glee and soccer? (What did soccer ever do to you?) People have been called, Un-American had thier sexuality questioned. . .this is ridiclulous. Like it or not, GO PHILS!

    October 29, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  161. momoftwo

    Better than Glee? I don't think so.....

    But I am rooting for the Phillies & Ryan Howard!

    October 29, 2009 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  162. Tom

    If people hate baseball, than why does it bring in over $5 billion in revenue Annually?

    BTW, Lindsay, I'll take Garrett Jones on my team anyday. Give the Buccos two more years and they're gonna be good. Real good.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  163. lumps

    Hey Glee?, just to use your numbers as an example. A 1-3 game in soccer, sounds a lot like a 7-21 game in football. I've seen many baseball games that don't even score that many runs in the hours it takes to finish the game. Every sport is good, or else there wouldn't be so many people playing it. Let's stop bashing others and maybe even give it a try. If you don't like it, move on to something else. Watched any hurling lately?

    October 29, 2009 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  164. david

    TOM- An what has shawn merrian done since? See the logic hee if yuo use steroids in the NFL and get caught you are tested 2 to 3 times a week and when you cant use you fade away. How many Drug tests does A ROD get? Give me a break. I dont care about steroids truthfully but your comment fails the litmus test.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  165. Philly Dude

    Thanks, mackenzie. Nothing but a bunch of whining crybabies on this message board. Boo Hoo, my favorite show isn't on because of baseball. Glee is just High School Musical for underdeveloped adults. Grow up!

    October 29, 2009 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  166. Tom

    'The World Series is the least interesting thing on televison.'

    If that's the case, than why did Game 6 of the ALCS have HIGHER ratings than Sunday Night Football? Hmm, I guess no one cares.....

    October 29, 2009 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  167. david

    Tom – I'd watch the 0-6 footbal teams play each other over the world series. Srry man I love sports I even watch golf. Baseball no way sir. It's boring If a person who can watch golf says that that should tell ya something.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  168. David S.

    It’s too bad there are so many people in this country that like to watch slow, boring, no action baseball. I'm not even sure how they call it a sport. It almost never has any contact. IF YOU WANT TO WATCH A REAL SPORT THAT ACTUALLY TAKES SOME TALENT....WATCH THE NHL. Its faster and takes a hell of a lot more skill than baseball ever will. GO AVALANCHE!!!!

    October 29, 2009 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  169. Bill H

    By the Gods, ANYTHING but "Glee".....at this point I would rather watch paint dry. I'm sure the show is OK, but Fox has been hyping it since February...ENOUGH already. I am so tired of seeing commercials for it, I am tired of hearing about it. If the show were to be canceled tomorrow I just might have a celebration drink to toast it's demise.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  170. mackenzie

    if you don't care about sports then why did you open this article and read it?

    October 29, 2009 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  171. Lindsay

    I agree it's America's pastime – I'm a fan of baseball. I enjoy going to the games, having a hot dog, rooting for the home team. But being from Pittsburgh, we don't really have the opportunity to attend games that matter. And watching the World Series is a constant reminder that we don't have the money to compete. I agree w/ what Jer said earlier – it's a shame that one player on the Yankees team makes more than the entire Pirates roster.
    Oh well. At least we have the Super Bowl Champs and the Stanley Cup Champs.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  172. Ezra

    Thank you for that incredibly informative comment. I'd often wondered where the name came from.
    Since it's not calling anyone a dork, idiot, or failed transgender, I'm sure nobody will read that...but thanks, just the same!

    October 29, 2009 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  173. Tom

    'Baseball rewards cheating' (Travis).

    Hey Travis, didn't Shawne Merriman win Rookie of the Year AND make the Pro Bowl the year HE GOT CAUGHT USING STEROIDS? Yes!!! So, in this case, doesn't the NFL also reward cheating? YES! Again, the baseball double standard gets old. Real old.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  174. cabron

    Has anyone ever wondered why is the series called the World series? I think a more proper name would be the Championship series.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  175. SAM

    HONESTLY, you have to be kidding yourself if you even THINK that the Wolrd Series is better than GLEE!!!! Get over yourself, and STOP calling it "The WORLD Series"!!! I do not see anyone else from other countries there!!!!

    October 29, 2009 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  176. Jim Christian

    World Series better than Glee? Are you kidding? The World Series is the least interesting thing on television, and I have my fingers crossed that the prime-time ratings reflect it. There's nothing worse than hoping to watch your favorite show and finding baseball instead. Give me basketball, football, golf, or tennis, but a bunch of lazy guys standing around scratching themselves and trying to hit a ball with a stick for four hours? No thanks.

    Oh, and when you lead the list of 'celebrity sightings' with Billy Crystal (whose last relevant live-action acting gig was almost ten years ago), your argument sort of falls flat.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  177. Philly Dude

    I did not see Kate Hudson once during last night's game broadcast. Granted, I wasn't looking for her. But, I would have loved to see the look on her face at the end of the game. The only person I saw of note was Rude-off Ghouliani. Go to sleep, Rude-off. Your Yanks are going down in 5.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  178. Nelson

    Hey Mike, Just cause you don't like it doesn't mean you have to knock it. In case you don't know, Soccer (or Football, as it is called around the world cause it's played with your feet, unlike the American version) is the most popular sport in the world. Yes, I said WORLD. They have a World Cup which gives any country (big or small, rich or poor) the chance to participate in the finals which are held every 4 years in different places around the globe. The World Series, as some have pointed out, only includes American teams... doesn't sound so "worldly" to me. In 2006 the WBC was created and I haven't seen our guys do much at this event, so why should any of the MLB teams be crowned world champs?
    I know Soccer is all about 22 men running around a field trying to kick a ball in the net, and that might sound boring to some but I'm sure many would agree that it's much more interesting than watching a bunch of guys just standing on a field, throwing a ball, trying to hit it, trying to catch it and spitting up a storm. What's worse is that they get paid millions to do this. If I'm going to pay big money to watch a final, I, at least, want to see some effort and physical strain exerted on both teams.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  179. Karen

    Hey Frank – great quote
    Hey Phillies Fans – YOUR WELCOME

    October 29, 2009 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  180. Tom

    For those of you who think the NFL is king (as far as each team can win the Super Bowl)......bet ya didn't know MLB has more champions this DECADE than the grand ol' NFL. 'The Arizona Cardinals made the Super Bowl...'. Well, the powerhouse Tampa Bay Rays made the World Series.....with a $40 million a payroll. Quit the double standard baseball always gets...and enjoy it. It's the World Series.

    BTW, what's more boring: watching the World Series or the 0-6 Buccaneers battle the 0-6 Rams? Suckers!

    October 29, 2009 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  181. Ezra

    Are you assuming that naming something "the American Pastime" means that those who DON'T watch it are un-American?
    I am a proud American who exercises my Comcast-given right to choose on a daily basis...and if I watch baseball, that's my decision. Conversely, if I choose NOT to watch it, especially when Jane Lynch is funnier than Joe Buck (and, to my knowledge, not juicing), that's my AMERICAN right. Yes, I am pro-remote-choice.

    Using the logic I infer from your comment, we all have to watch baseball, root for the Cowboys (despite playing near the Mexican border, they are "America's Team"...just ask them), and assume that democracy, fire, and the wheel did not exist until at least 1608. After all, that'd be the American Way, right?

    To summarize: I appreciate your passion for the game, and hope that Bud Selig does, too, but I disagree. I DO like Chevys and apple pie, though.

    October 29, 2009 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  182. Mike

    All this discussion proves is that most people watch way too much television. I am going to read a book! GO YANKS!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  183. Ian

    The World Series better than Glee? Hmmm. No. Watching paint dry while counting cracks in cieling plaster is more entertaining than the world series. Especially considering this year's participants..a team from NY versus a team from a city that is practically a suburb of NY. YAWN. .

    In short...anything is more interesting than this year's world series to anyone anywhere in the nation except the NY metro area.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  184. Miguel

    What's next? A red carpet outside of Yankee Stadium? Is Neil Partrick Harris going to host the World Series? (no offense to Mr. Harris) Will the Phillies do a "Single Ladies" dance number in leotards? I miss the good old days when baseball was just a game, not a Hollywood event. I don't care if Kate Hudson or the Pope is at the game. All I care about is that the Yankees win

    October 29, 2009 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  185. Glee?

    Really?! @John–that is probably the best idea i've heard, on this issue and i'm sure it is something that is not in the too distant future.

    re: World Cup/Excitement. Again, really?! you sit there for two hours watching people run up and down a gigantic field kicking the ball out of bounds. You see maybe 1-3 goals in this time span and this is fun??? There's a reason they hold it every few years...think about that...

    Baseball is unique in that it has a combination of many intriguining elements. It's a team sport, but also a sport of individual match-ups. A sport where a 30% success rate is considered "good." While the rules of baseball may be "simple" the recipes for success are complex. It's one of the toughest sports to play in the world. For those who think it's a simple game either have never played or weren't very good and never tried.

    re: NY fans. I think you all need to take a look in the mirror. What bothers you? The pride? THe confidence? Some can be unbearable, but it's amazingly unfair to label all in one lump when fans from all teams have their black sheep. Please do some research on unruly fans. I guarantee you will find stabbings/violence (Philadelphia); obscene public intoxication (milwaukee), etc.

    Lastly, for the non-baseball fans. Please save your vitriol for life's important matters. No one (me) is bashing you for liking what amounts to a corny, unfunny musical tv series (my opinion). Different strokes for different folks.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  186. John

    You are also really stupid/

    October 29, 2009 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  187. California Joe

    Baseball is dying in this country. You don't really "get" the sport unless you grew up playing it, so most real fans are over 40 now. Kids don't play ball in school or in the streets or parks anymore, they're all indoors playing video games or watching TV, or doing stuff on the computer.

    Surprisingly, major league baseball doesn't seem to care that kids are not playing the game, I guess they don't think it's their problem. Maybe they'll wake up when the World Series gets dropped from network TV, as it probably will be within a few years.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  188. Adam G.

    I don't really watch baseball (or GLee), but of course the World Series is better than GLee, because it's... GLee.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  189. Patrick

    Why is it called the World Series? Because the FIRST WS was sponsored by the NY World Newspaper (now defunct). Nothing more sinister than that. If BB had started in the 90's, it could have been the Viagra Series!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  190. david

    Hell not ABC move it to ESPN. ort better yet vs. lol

    October 29, 2009 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  191. John

    Hey clay,

    baseball is america's pastime, get interested

    October 29, 2009 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  192. david

    Come on man anything is better than baseball. I am a sports fan but I equate watching Baseball to a slow death. If I wantetd to watch crotch iching and spitting I'd watch a porno. House is definately a more entertaining show than the ALCS or the world series.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  193. christopher

    my problem is that baseball games have way to many commecial breaks and it often takes a good half hour or more just to finish the 9th inning.... frusterating...

    at least in other sports (like soccer) you have a full 45 minutes of commercial free entertainment... a 15 minute break to refill the chips and use the bathroom before watching another 45 minutes of pure sport.... and 95% of the time you know the match will be finished within a two hour time frame... can't do that with baseball 🙂

    October 29, 2009 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  194. Philly Dude

    This article is pointless as the audience for baseball and Glee are completely different. Let's just say that the Glee audience is more inclined to watch the Oscars and the Bravo Channel than sports. Go Phightin' Phils! Put a beatin' on A-Roid and the Stinkin' Yankees!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  195. The Divine 1

    While I am not a baseball fan I do find the comments of Joe very ignorant and offensive. I am an American born and raised here and I LOVE Soccer very much. I do not like baseball becaus it is too slow in my opinion, I like moving and getting the blood pumping. My favorite sport is Tennis one that I enjoy playing and watching. I bet Joe loves football like most Americans do, which I personally find simply promotes violence in people (that is an another topic). With all of that said I wish GLEE had been on instead of the baseball game.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  196. Julie

    I've always disliked baseball, though I used to love the Expos when I was a kid. But whatever you shouldn't call it the World Series because a few international person are playing only. And yeah you have ONE canadian team. So what? The US and Canada don't make the whole world!
    I'm a hockey fan and I laugh because they don't put shows on hiatuses because of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Yeah of course this happens in april/june and most of the shows are already done for the season, but come on now! There are plenty of Sports channel to put the World Series on, and doesn't Fox has it's own sport channel by now? It's not like people don't have digital TV... oh wait...
    Truth is here that it's not everybody who likes to watch a guy take 5 minutes to throw a ball to another guy. I've never been able to watch a full inning or even play a full inning in a game. And now the fans of a new show of brand new talents is on pause because of steroids-taking, spitting-gum, takes-me-thirty-minutes-to-throw-a-ball males who get paid millions and millions for running around once in a while...

    *le sigh*

    October 29, 2009 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  197. Rebecca

    I like my shows. I am not a fan of baseball. I was very disappointed when arriving home late, ready to unwind, and finding out Glee was not on. Some of us just do not like it. I find the players over paid. We should be paying our teachers, educators, schools, etc to stay open and teach our children. Giving them a better education and furthering their opportunities. Put the world series on a sports channel and give me back Glee.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  198. Spen

    Baseball is NOT simple...which is why it is boring for people who only know it at a "little league" level. Just like "Glee" is boring for people who have the XY sex chromosomes.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  199. lumps

    This article was sooo written by a female. Who else would give a rat's butt who is in the stands? Who's wearing what dress? Really?? Who's hanging with who and who is doing who? At a baseball game?? You girls are a trip. Well, if that's what's important to you, than so be it. As long as New York looses. That's one of the teams that will actually be there playing, on the field, with the other team too, just in case you were interested.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  200. Zack

    World Series? How many countries participated to call it "World" Series? Anyway North America eclipses the rest of the world or should I say words are subjective; thereby making it easy to claim by anyone?

    October 29, 2009 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  201. Katie

    There is no way on the planet that the world series is better than glee. Sports are beyond boring. I will wait for a youtube clip of the cast of Glee putting a spin on the National Anthem.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  202. Ben

    I don't care much about the World Series. Watching baseball is pretty much one of the most boring things you can do with a TV, no matter who the cameras linger on or who is performing. I'll agree with you on it being better than Glee, though, since watching Glee is one the dumbest things you can do with a TV.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  203. Travis

    Baseball is a dying sport. It's boring, repetitive, and essentially rewards cheating. MLB has a salary cap, is it enforced? No. Is steroid use allowed in the MLB? No. Is it enforced? No. Has every other American sport adopted the use of highly accurate instant replay and review? Yes. Has MLB? No.

    Why would I spend my precious time watching a 'sport' that is boring to begin with, doesn't enforce the rules that were put in place for a reason, and refuses to adapt to the time?

    As far as I'm concerned football is America's new past time. For gods sake, the Cleveland Browns game got higher ratings that the opening game of this years MLB Playoffs.

    Can we just let baseball die? Please!?

    October 29, 2009 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  204. Joe

    I agree with Jay, I watch baseball for the "baseball-aspect" and not for the soap opera off-field antics. Taking A-Rod's marital status into account while watching the game makes about as much sense as watching Glee for the athletic ability.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  205. Anita

    Seriously, the World what? We want Glee! It's family entertainment and not overpaid men running around in there long underwear!!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  206. JD

    What a bunch of dorks.

    I'm sorry, but the World Series will ALWAYS be more important than any teenie-drama on TV. Get over it.

    You guys do realize we are talking about a great American past-time here, correct?? When I think about America, I think about Apple pies and..."Glee"??? Give me a break. Apple pie and BASEBALL, clowns!

    Why is it called the WORLD series, since it's only in America, you ask? Let me field that one for you. It's because the WORLD cares about it. It's one of the biggest sporting events in the WORLD. Even countries where baseball is more competitive, they know that Major League Baseball is the dominant baseball league on the planet. Everybody who considers themselves any sort of sports fan watches it, world-wide. And where is the talent from? MLB has the best players from all parts of the world...Cuba, Japan, China, Canada, The Dominican Republic, etc, etc...the list goes on and on. It's definitely the WORLD Series.

    To even compare "Glee" with America's past-time is ludicrous. I have no rooting interest in either the Yankees or the Phillies...but where was I at 8:00 PM Wednesday night? In front of the TV, watching one of the great sporting spectacles in the world. And surely not thinking about missing "Glee".


    October 29, 2009 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  207. M

    WRONG.......GLEE makes me smile, baseball makes me throw up!!! Who cares about watching overpaid, severely overpaid. grown men swing a stick at a ball!!!!!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  208. Dave

    I figure anyone who can't root for sports is not capable of having the human emotion of love or compassion. It's simple really, because it's a great place to learn about care for others, and for many a place to escape. It's healthier than video games and gives us a chance to be part of something larger. However, shows like glee give children false hopes, drops them into depression and yes, will give them a chance to learn things.

    What does Glee do for people? nothing, it's a bunch of people singing. If you are satisfied with a bunch of singing people more than a world series game, I both pity you and wish you at one point in your life understood what it is to be part of a team, instead of someone who focuses on yourself.

    Now for the twist, I can't wait for glee to come back – it's awesome 🙂

    October 29, 2009 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  209. MikeMaz

    Fascinating how one says Baseball is boring and in the same breath mentions soccer. Say what you want but on the scale of boring sports Soccer ranks up there with golf as far as watching.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  210. Ryan

    Are you crazy?? I'd rather gouge my eyes out with a rusty spoon than sit through 3-5 hours of Baseball. They seriously need to make baseball a single elimination championship....having multiple games and taking up prime-time television is getting old. If you can't win a championship without having multiple chances, you don't deserve it.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  211. Patdude

    I can easily watch ten hours of football, but can't stand ten minutes of baseball. It's dull, dull, DULL! Made even worse by Tim McCarver's endless explanations of strategic minutia. I get a headache just thinking about it!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  212. christopher

    i love baceball

    October 29, 2009 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  213. MikeMaz

    I think Glee is an OK show also and my kids dig it but really Im sure you "men" can survive a week or two without it. Go watch repeats on Hulu if you need your adolescent HS musical fix.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  214. Tim

    Mike your missing byron's point. He is right. Plus i would love to see any baseball player do what soccer players do. I sorry but as i see it and I am not a big soccer fan but those guys are in excellent shape to run pretty much none stop up and down a field, I bet very few baseball heck even pro nfl player would be sucking major air.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  215. Mpls Mikey

    Clearly the author of this article is part of the reason that scripted TV is in decline... because people like her are too dense and lazy to follow it. The World Series is better than any scripted TV show out there? I'm a baseball fan, and I won't be watching what is essentially a mid-Atlantic affair. Until the Yankees are forced to only pay their players what every other team does (meaning they might actually have to learn how to coach and play as a team), playoff baseball will never be interesting. I was ecstatic to see the Bloated Salaries lost in Game 1 though. Less baseball, more Glee please!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  216. MikeMaz

    Hey Clay... well I am sure there is a cooking show on the Foodnetwork or a decorating show you can watch on HGTV if you dont like sports...

    October 29, 2009 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  217. Mike T.

    New York fans didn't even care about the Yankees when they were struggling to make .500 last year. Bring back Glee and move the World Series to ABC where it belongs.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  218. John

    I enjoy baseball and the World Series is nice but I also am taking a liking to Glee. So why can't FOX or any station allow for both show A to run at the same time as show B? This would increase user enjoyment and make just about everyone happy. If you are watching FOX and it turns 9pm (EST) it would be nice is something popped up and asked, 'Would you like to continue watching this program or switch to the new show that starts at 9pm?'. We live in world where we can customize almost anything, why not what we want to watch?

    October 29, 2009 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  219. Joe

    Soccer is for Europeans and illegal immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries to watch. I'm an Indians fan rooting for the Phillies b/c I also hate the Yankees. Also, I'm echoing Adam's comments, this article has nothing to do with baseball. Way to go again, CNN.

    October 29, 2009 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  220. Bronx girl

    This is sooo true it doesn't get any better than the World Series....

    October 29, 2009 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  221. Ezra

    Its own channel...that is a great idea!
    No interruption for people who don't want to watch, no cross-promotion nonsense for those who do.
    Jay-Z should have been at the Nets game last night...heck, he should have suited up!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  222. illy

    hahah the whole west coast and midwest turns off the tv when the series comes on – must be a nightmare for the networks that it isnt LA v. NY! ahahHHAAAHAha
    I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE WORLD CUP!!!!!! now thats exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 29, 2009 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
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  224. grasshopper

    I have a daughter that plans n making it to the pros' someday, and watching baseball along with all forms of 'stick" ball as we call it, is great for her and we love to watch it! Nothing like the smell of the field and leather to make a kid giddy. Works for adults too!
    Sorry I missesd game one. we are sick (H1N1), bu will try to stay awake and watch game 2!

    October 29, 2009 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  225. Andy

    Byron: Its just called the World Series. There doesn't have to be a reason. Why are you named Byron? Is that all you can come up with? Pretty weak. As I'm sure you know, the overwhelming majority of people in the U.S. do not care about soccer.

    October 29, 2009 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  226. Adam

    Wow... nice World Series article that has nothing to do with Baseball...

    I think people could care less what celebrities are sitting in the stands, that's not why they watch the World Series... or any sport for that matter. Nice try though.

    October 29, 2009 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  227. Great

    Frank then don't watch it!!!!

    October 29, 2009 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  228. vsm330

    HAHAHA-lots of these comments are so funny and I LIVE in NY! But yes, New Yorkers are insufferable about their sports teams-anyway-I don't watch the series it should have its own channel so we don't have to miss our regular shows-I don't care about it. Its bad enough the other channels show repeats-Yay for Bravo who didn't!!

    October 29, 2009 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  229. Soccer rules

    Baseball is so boring!! It can not end fast enough. Bring back Glee Club and can't wait for World Cup!

    October 29, 2009 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  230. Molly

    Apparently Brittany Kaplan has no taste in sports or shows. Baseball is called the "American Pasttime". Yea, I enjoyed it when I was a kid because it was a simple game to watch, learn, understand, play and follow. After growing up and realizing its boring simplicity, I dropped interest in baseball quickly. Football is the "American Sport". I love hockey too, but that is a "Canadian Sport". I'm sure I wasn't the ONLY person upset about House getting delayed 45 MINUTES because of boring old baseball going into extra innings. I will be very disappointed if the show is delayed again over simple baseball. I live just outside of Philly and couldn't care less, along with 80% of Phillies fans now, about jumping on the bandwagon.

    October 29, 2009 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  231. Nick

    Jer, it may be easier for big money teams to get to the series, but the last decade has seen several small-mid market teams make it to the big show. The Rays last year weren't exactly big spenders. The Twins make the playoffs almost every year, the Indians were in the ALCS in 2007. The 2006 Cardinals, 2005 White Sox, and 2003 Marlins didn't have anywhere close to the highest payrolls in baseball either. The right mix of young talent with a couple of veteran leaders can get a team to the postseason.

    October 29, 2009 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  232. Artbkward

    I disagree, I find that watching Glee is much more interesting than watching virtually any baseball game, World Series or otherwise.

    October 29, 2009 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  233. Whorhay

    Amen, Clay!

    Baseball and other sports have repeatedly interrupted my TV viewing pleasure through out the years. If the stupid game doesn't end within it's allotted time they can just post the scores later. The schedule is there for a reason, stick to it.

    October 29, 2009 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  234. Kevin

    World Series because of Canada (Toronto). Plus, players from around the world are eligible to play such as Hideki Matsui and Ichiro Suzuki et al.

    October 29, 2009 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  235. Ezra

    -AFTER his divorce? Seriously? I don't even follow baseball any more, and I knew about his Kabbalistic affair with Guy Ritchie's then-wife.

    -Steroids: another reason to love basketball. All they have is a metric loaf of weed, homophobia, alcohol, and a bunch of prolonged adolescence.

    -Fox' announcing team is the greatest piece of performance art since Andy Kaufman died. Just as with his unfunny comedy, most minutes can be spent saying "they did NOT just say that; only an utter bozo would say that"...and yet, they do. The callouts of the celebs in the stands is like watching an extended timeout at a Laker game.

    -I like Glee, although the non-singing parts can be a bit drawn-out. Unlike pro baseball, though, there's a ton of unadulterated talent and a sense of consistent hard work. No standing around waiting for a paycheck here; these are largely unknown performers.

    October 29, 2009 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  236. Kristen

    I don't like either team but baseball is the game of hope. What other game can you be down by 3 points, bases loaded, and have the announcer say "the winning run is at bat"? This game is not over until it is over. There is always hope that "your" team can pull it off. Plus, it goes slowly enough to allow for conversation. If you miss something, there are replays. Sit down with some snacks and your spouse or kids or pet and watch some baseball. If you just watch the last inning you can get the whole game in a shorter time. If you want to spend some quality time, watch the whole game. WIth all of the extracurricular entertainment going on, this is the year to watch.

    October 29, 2009 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  237. Jay

    For the many of you, your testicles will descend later in life. For the rest of us this article is enough to provide the distractions for our girlfriends to enjoy watching our nation's past-time with us this week. I'm now sorry to have read this PEOPLE article, but it was the top sports article on the NEW CNN.COM! Well done, Ted. Go Braves! Clay, you'll be a man someday.

    October 29, 2009 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  238. Mike

    Hey, Byron...what's soccer? Is that the game you kick a big ball into a big net and score 1 goal a game? Is that the game that players can't use their hands and need the skill set of being able to run and kick people at the same time? Oh..and people kill each other in the stands?

    October 29, 2009 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  239. chris

    Right on, Frank! I swear the FOX announcers are on the Yankee payroll. Ever notice that no matter who the teams are, they always end up mentioning the Yankees in every other sentence? What the heck do the NYY have to do with a Nats-D'backs game? They play the 6 degrees of Yankees any chance they have. Feh.

    Now, the sideshows have a definite purpose: bringing casual fans into the game. But it's never going to be like the super bowl, where you have the cool commercials interspersed between plays by two teams you don't care about and in the middle, you have a bigtop-style affair taking place that's fun for the whole family. especially if they enjoy microsecond nipple flashes.

    But, I digress. I will miss Glee, but at least the hiatus means we get to stretch the goodness out a little longer into the spring.

    October 29, 2009 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  240. Jer

    I honestly don't care who wins it. This World Series is just proof that teams like the Pirates, Orioles, Royals, Reds and Indians don't have a chance while the richest teams in baseball are the only ones to get a chance every year. Meanwhile, in the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals who were losers for decades suddenly went to the Super Bowl this year. Pretty much every team has a chance to win in the NFL while only the teams that spend the most have a chance in Major League Baseball. Yankees in 5.

    October 28, 2009 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Tyler

    Baseball is not that great. I don't care if its the "World Series", i'd much rather watch Glee than become comatose watching baseball.

    October 28, 2009 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Marc

    Please, God, please let the Phillies win so we don't have to listen to the insufferable New York contingent.

    October 28, 2009 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Byron

    I would really like to know why this baseball final is called "World Series", when the rest of the world is not involved. World Cup in soccer is open to ANY team in the world that can qualify.

    October 28, 2009 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Frank Stanton

    I get a little tingle, or maybe it's a tinge of nausea, every time those champions of steroids, Rodriguez and Pettite take the field. And if Mr. Buck the announcer got any smarmier over the Yankees in general I would think he got his paycheck from George Steinbrenner. I love baseball and having to watch a steroid monster like Rodriguez get lionized by Buck and, to a lesser extent, Tim McGarver, is painful. So I am gonna go with the real baseball players, Ryan Howard and Cliff Lee and predict the Phillies will wipe the floor with the Steroid Boys. As an idiot governor from Alaska once said "You can put lipstick on a pig with steroids, but it is still a cheatin' pig, and there ain't no room in baseball for cheaters, even if Fox is broadcasting the games.

    October 28, 2009 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Clay

    For many of us, ANYHTING else on television is better than sports. I do not care who is in the world series or who wins.

    October 28, 2009 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |

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