HOT BLAST: What's happened to all the baseball fans?
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Major League Baseball's postseason begins this week, the culmination of a 162-game season that fanatics like me view as downright religious.

Unfortunately, there are fewer of us.

It saddened me to read this op-ed in Sunday's New York Times, "Is The Game Over?" My answer, unabashedly, is no. But much of the facts in the piece are irrefutable -- most importantly, that the NFL and college football's skyrocketing popularity and television ratings have overtaken baseball's former position as America's pastime.

The Times wrote, "The downside is that only a handful of franchises can claim any sort of national profile. When the postseason rolls around and it’s time for baseball to take the national stage — well, it doesn’t, unless the Yankees or the Red Sox are involved. 'If Tampa Bay plays Cincinnati in the World Series, I don’t care if the series goes seven games and every game goes into extra innings, baseball is screwed,' says announcer Bob Costas. 'That’s not fair to the Rays or the Reds, but it’s true.' ”

I remember back in the 2000s when the Astros and White Sox were in the World Series. The Astros had never made it. The White Sox hadn't won it eight decades. It was a big deal. But TV ratings were sorry, even though I watched every game. Starting tonight, I will watch, nonetheless.

-- Phillip Tutor
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