I drove back to New York this afternoon (vacation, sadly, has but five days remaining) and I listed to sports talk radio all the way. Mostly WFAN, but some WEEI (Boston) and some ESPN Radio in New York.
It’s Nov. 27 and all everybody wanted to talk about was baseball. Johan Santana mostly but also the Mets, Mike Lowell, A-Rod, Anduw Jones, etc.
Football rules on Sunday. The television ratings cannot be questioned and people can’t wait to bet it. I love the NFL and everything about it. But don’t tell me baseball is a dying sport or that football has replaced it in the hearts and mind of Americans.
Nobody talks football once the games are over. We know nothing much about 85 percent of the players and not even the best fan could name all of the GMs. But even a casual baseball fan can list four prospects his team could trade for Santana. Or has an opinion on A-Rod.
It must drive the NFL, NBA and NHL people nuts to flip on the radio at 4 p.m. on a late November day and hear nothing but talk about whether Minnesota will trade the lefty. But that is what makes our sport the best. It never goes out of season. They just stop the games for a few months.
Meanwhile, Save Phil Hughes!