Redistributing the Common Sense
Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored," freezing our butts off eight miles from Philadelphia! Brrrrrrrrr! It's windy. It's pouring. The foster kittens are huddled under a blanket, and so am I. Common sense, don't you think?
Some of you might have heard that a certain candidate for president is accusing the other candidate of wanting to "redistribute the wealth." I say it's high time for that, because trickle down doesn't.
While we are redistributing things, can we also spread around some common sense?
Those of you who are in the prime of life, like moi, can remember a time when the Baseball World Series was held in the earliest part of October. If you're edging toward geezerhood, you can even recall a time when all of the Series games were played during the day. In the sunshine of balmy early October afternoons.
I don't know when Major League Baseball instituted the League Playoff Series, but in my gung-ho baseball years I can remember these as simple best-of-five playoffs. Now (correct me if I'm wrong) we have two rounds of best-of-seven playoffs before the World Series. Maybe it's one, but I know it's best-of-seven.
And we have a World Series being played in Philadelphia during the final week of October.
What has brought this fiasco into being? Nothing but greed.
Greedy owners, greedy parking lot attendants, greedy television networks, greed ... greed ... greed!
Where does that leave the fans? Shivering under tarps in a Perfect Storm Nor'Easter, wind-driven rain, not fit weather for oystering on the Chesapeake, and those oystermen are tough dudes.
What we need is a correction in the distribution of common sense. Take the heaping helpings of common sense from fans who'd like to attend the World Series but can't justify spending the big bucks for tickets, and distribute it to the greedy owners trying to play a summer game in -- I kid you not -- a wintry mix.
The final product of this redistribution of common sense would be:
1. Sensible ticket prices and reasonable schedules, tailored to the elements.
2. Owners who still are rich, though perhaps not quite as rich as God.
And that's how you redistribute common sense! Does this make me a socialist? I don't care if it does!
I'm Anne Johnson, Philadelphia Phillies fan, and I approved this message.