Small markets: isn't that the minor leagues? Thursday, October 3, 2013
Pittsburgh fans looked orgasmic the other night watching their Pirates defeat Cincinnati in the National Conference wild card play-in game.
The objective of the MBL is to have as many people for as long as possible think (hope) that their team can win. It's largely a sucker game...
Maybe their fans realize that their teams are mediocre and not likely to defeat the one seed in the upcoming five game series. Maybe those fans are not such suckers after all.
|Pittsburgh fans last night|
I think bubble fatigue has already set in as predicted here when the extra wild card tournament format was originally introduced. Bubble teams are likely to be small market teams. However, the Yankees have now gone two consecutive years without even attaining the worthless second wild card, the bottom seed. How seriously will Yankee fans take the team being competitive on that tenuous level? Probably about the same as fans in small markets.
It's good that the new tournament format gives a big advantage to the one seed. That's fair. The problem is that fans and most media people have not realized the extent to which the bottom seeds are facing very long odds. Most continue to think that things are the same as they had been when a top seed had almost no advantage either in terms of match-ups or in rest. Now that is all changed and fans are in the process of reevaluating. Too much anguish rooting for a perennial bubble team.
If this fatigue is real and persistent, look for MBL decision makers to change it back into a more random form. Yuck.