Not long ago, there was a genuine beauty to watching the final out made after a World Series. Oh sure, the usual made dash towards the pitcher's mound still goes on. But now, instead of the hugging and piling on the winning pitcher, the players are almost immediately handed an "official" post game t-shirt or hoodie to pull over their uniform jerseys. It's all about MLB saying, "Hey fans, you too can buy an overpriced t-shirt, the same ones your Boston Red Sox wore last night after they won the World Series! Supplies won't last, so get yours right away!"
Talk about ruining the moment.
But it gets worse. Far worse. Fox, like other networks now after a sports championship, ran their field reporter out to ask the Boston players, over the public address system, embarrassingly predictable questions like, "How does it feel to win it for the Red Sox fans?" or "At what point did you think the game was in hand?" Puke!
And all the other players are standing around the pitcher's mound, subjected to listening to such garbage after working their tails off for nine months to win the World Series.
I know, I know. I am starting to sound like my grandfather, who used to tell me how things were in his day. But, you know what, it was much better when I was a kid. I'm not saying it was right for fans to run on the field like they used to, but it sure beat standing around listening to boring, staged post-game interviews. And the champagne-drenched lockerrooms? They are a thing of the past in our PC world. And weren't the photos better when the players had their own uniforms on and not that of some tacky "limited edition World Series" hoodie?
Can't some things sacred like a World Series championship not be for sale? Please!