Well, for years and years I warned about letting fans break habits….and well baseball I have news for you….
Someone handed in a really poor schedule for the Mets this year. There were lots of weekday day games (which is an insane concept if you think about it) and a lot of late night games.
Here’s what happened.
I wound up not watching baseball for a month.
Here’s your problem.
I don’t miss it.
Since the day after the no-hitter I have watched one half inning.
This has nothing to do with the Mets being bad (obviously not) so you can’t call frontrunner-ism on me.
I’m able to follow the team just fine. While I do other things I check social media and @mets will share the highlights.
But you let me break the habit.
You let me get comfortable not buying tickets. I don’t miss it.
You let the radio broadcasts be a mess for 4 years both on WOR and the App. So I cut it out of my life. I don’t miss it.
Games got longer and slower and I decided I would always turn the game off at 10pm no matter what was happening. I didn’t miss anything.
And now I have gotten out of the habit of watching the games. And guess what – I don’t miss it.
This isn’t a stance. This isn’t a plea for you to do something else. The thing is – you let the ship sail.
And I’m the core. You think Generation Z is sitting in front of a television watching three guys in their 60s describe a baseball game? Good luck – even if you do stream it on an app that I understand sometimes works.
You’ve managed to have a 50-something core baseball fan lose interest in a first place team. Your marketing team should take a long hard look at what you’ve let your business become.
And before the haters come at me, I have been running this site since 2008 and I think I have missed one day without posting. But baseball is like modern Star Trek – the people in charge let it die and lost the old fans. Are there more new fans to make up for the old? In both cases it seems not.
Will I put the games on in October? Sure. Absolutely. I’m not at all saying I won’t. But 7:10pm vs the Brewers on a beautiful night? Nope. Heck, even if it were not nice out you’d be below Obi-Wan Kenobi on my list.
So enjoy the 4 hour games. Play Wednesdays at 1pm if you want. Let half the league in the playoffs and let the games end at 9:30pm Pacific – you do you – I’m doing something else.