Wake up! This World Series is worth watching
PHILADELPHIA -- According to the latest TV ratings, tens of Americans are watching this 104th World Series. That figure includes all Major League Baseball and Fox TV employees, players' families and blood donors killing time during their orange juice recovery period.MLB and Fox can spin it any way they want, but hardly anybody outside the greater Philadelphia and Tampa area is building his nights (and early mornings, thanks to rain delays and the usual monumentally dumb late starting times) around the Fall Classic. If it were a prime-time TV series and not the World Series, it might be in danger of being canceled. Once again, MLB builds huge attendance numbers during the regular season but swims with the fishes when it comes to the World Series' TV ratings. Maybe it's because the games end the next day. (Saturday night's 91-minute rain delay meant the Phillies scored the deciding run in their 5-4 victory at 1:47 a.m.) Or because the Series competed for viewers with the Penn State-Ohio State college football matchup Saturday, and will face the NFL and its water pills Monday night. Or because some people would rather flush their eyes with hydrochloric acid than watch baseball. But whatever excuse they're using to ignore these games, it shouldn't include the Phillies and Rays. They deserve better than irrelevancy and the distinction of drawing the second-lowest rating (for Game 2) in World Series history. Why watch?
Gene Wojciechowski is the senior national columnist for ESPN.com. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WORLD SERIES GAME 3: PHILLIES 5, RAYS 4
After a 91-minute rain delay, the Phillies and Rays played a wild game, one the Phils won with a run in the bottom of the ninth.
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• Jerry Crasnick: Rays see it all in Game 3
• Gene Woj: You're missing a great Series
• Inside Edge reports: Phillies | Rays
• Game 3 blog
• Baseball Tonight Clubhouse: Game 4 preview
• Phillies take 2-1 lead over Rays in Series
• BBTN breaks down Phillies' win
• Jamie Moyer talks about his start
• Jayson Stark, Jim Caple video blog
• A look back at Game 3 and ahead to Game 4
• Jim Caple tours Citizens Bank Park
• Postgame interviews with Moyer, Utley, Ruiz