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Miller: Dodgers reaching the World Series comes at a high cost – for fans

By in Press Enterprise on October 24, 2017

By Jeff Miller

LOS ANGELES — They are all just little boys now, these grown-up Dodgers and Astros ranging in age from 22 to 40, chasing a childhood fantasy.

Beneath the eye black and beyond the analytics, the pursuit remains that innocent, that quaint.

Yes, each of them, as naive kids, dared to test the limits of the human imagination by long ago dreaming, “One day, I really want to win the World Series presented by YouTube TV.”

Seriously, that’s the official name of this event, baseball not wanting to miss any chance to maximize commercial opportunities.

Can’t blame the people running this sport. Why not supplement existing revenues to the absolute fullest? Businesses have to survive, right? I mean, the Dodgers’ latest television deal is worth barely $8 billion.

Frankly, I’m surprised Major League Baseball hasn’t tried to sell the prime ad space being wasted elsewhere, like in the batter’s box, along the foul lines and on Yasiel Puig’s tongue.

In case you missed it, the Dodgers advanced here by first winning the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile and then the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World.

It seems a little unsavory, perhaps, this blatant encroachment of capitalism on such an altruistic American institution.

All this and still no cheap food given away, either. At least Taco Bell is willing to offer each of us a free Doritos Locos Taco should a Dodger or an Astro steal a base during the first three games of the World Series.

Finally, something we can all root for together, something to unite this country – a food-like product with the same nutritional value as a rosin bag.

Thankfully, most everyone has decided to ignore these awful endorsement-laden series names and hold tight to tradition.

Makes sense, seeing how baseball is so wedded to its past that there is still a pregame meeting […]    

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