Good news from Scottsdale; bad news for Fox
And Fox had record low ratings for the Series. I would contend that the low quality of the announcing team of Buck and McCarver pulled down the number.
Supporting the San Francisco Giants since April 19, 2006
Meanwhile, the Oakland A's are discovering that building a new park isn't as easy it might seem and that they may not be welcome in Fremont after all. One of the mayoral candidates is campaigning against the "Baseball Village" that's been proposed -- five miles from BART. It seems like another dumb idea.
My comment -- Not impressed so far. Obviously everyone else is working hard -- what makes some teams better is that they're either occasionally lucky or have a better strategic approach than overpaying for on-the-fade vets like Blownitez, Zito, Alfonzo, Roberts and Rowand. I agree with what a poster named Snapper at Baseball Primer Newsblog has to say (boldface is mine) --
Your competition also works hard. It's a push. Something everyone can do is not a sustainable source of advantage. I'm sure Sabean and Bavasi work/worked hard. They just had a fundamentally flawed approach. To have a sustainable advantage, you have to be smarter in some systematic way, or have more money, or have players want to play for your team for some non-easily duplicated reason. SF should have sustainable advantages in money, ballpark, the history of the franchise, and being a really nice place to live. Now, all they have to do is not be so stupid.
My comment -- this is a little bit of payback for the 2002 World Series, where the Giants had an even more self-absorbed and hubristic manager than Scioscia.