There was an idea floating around a few years ago to play the Super Bowl at Giants Stadium. It was quickly shot down when people remembered it gets cold in New Jersey in the winter.
Than we have baseball, a sport allowing the Minnesota Twins to build a stadium without a retractable roof.
Thanks to the international marketing scheme known as the World Baseball Classic, the 2009 season will not start until April 5. As a result, the World Series will start on Oct. 28. A potential Game 7 would be Nov. 5.
The WBC is not an unreasonable idea. But in those seasons when the tournament is held, why can’t baseball give up some revenue and schedule six or seven doubleheaders over the course of the year so the playoffs can end in October?
Why aren’t teams in cold climates required to put retractable roofs on new stadiums? The Yankees are spending $1.3 billion on their new place and somehow that doesn’t include a roof. If a team decides to build a new stadium, MLB should find a way to help them afford a roof. The more stadiums with roofs, the less likely we’ll have 10 p.m. start times during the World Series.
Baseball never makes it easy on you. Games start late and go on all night. They make fans stand around in wind-swept rain or numbing cold. The umpires for big games are apparently picked out of a hat. They get in bed with low-rent outfits like TBS. The commissioner changes the rules on a whim. It’s one stupid thing after another.
But we always come back. Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 14 and it can’t get here fast enough.