Phillies Win World Series, Rebuilding of the City to Begin Next WeekNovember 1, 2008
I found it kind of disapointing that this world series set a new low mark for viewership. I heard a lot of bitching and complaing about the fact that these two teams are small markets, but the 6th and 12th largest markets in America aren’t exactly miniscule. Granted, the Rays certainly don’t have the fan base of the Yankees or Red Sox, but I don’t think that was the reason for the low ratings, especially with the enormous amount of Phillies die-hards looking for their city’s first title since 1983 (that is, if you don’t count the Philadelphia Soul!). Every series picks up steam as it goes along. Game 7’s, obviously, draw the biggest crowd (even the Giants-Angels game 7 drew a 17.9 rating), and any time a series is a rout, interest is going to be minimal. Local fans from Florida and Pennsylvania will of course be drawn, as will hardcore fans around the country, but casual fan interest will, for the most part, only pique as drama grows. Do-or-die situations will always draw the most attention (one of many reasons why the Super Bowl demolishes anything and everything shown on tv every year).
I am none the less happy to report that Phillies fans don’t give a shit about who watched what. Neither does Chase Utley, and in spite of what some people have been saying about his comment today on radio and the like, it isn’t a big deal. At least a few people agree!
Is anyone else confused about what goes on when teams have a big victory? Americans complain about soccer riots, but realistically we’re the backwards ones. Our team just won, let’s run this shit into the ground! Shouldn’t rioting be saved for when something bad happens?
Not helping the image, Phillie fans, not helping.