Think of it…sipping hot cocoa as the first flakes of snow begin cascading onto the pristine brown Yankee Stadium grass…as the players trade their batting gloves for their Gore-Tex counterparts…and as you struggle to stay warm in 5 layers of clothing in the 400 level.
During the ordeal, you can be thankful you aren’t at Target Field where the game-time temperature is 18 below and the Twins have traded spikes for ice skates.
Does it sound far-fetched? Well, the desperately poor MLB is thinking what the game really, desperately needs is another round of playoffs, with a second wild-card team added into the mix. It won’t happen before 2012, since the players union needs to sign off on the idea – and you can bet they want cut of the action from the extra round for themselves.
Personally, I think the idea is ludicrous. One of the best qualities of baseball is the pennant races, with two or three teams fighting it out to determine the division winner. I realize folks in Kansas City or Pittsburgh don’t agree, but then again, their teams are generally out of contention by May 1 anyway. Adding an extra round will only do two things: add more money into MLB”s coffers and dilute the quality of play in the postseason.
Ah, but then again: at least we can look forward to some poor fielder losing a grounder in a snowbank.