This isn’t particularly complicated. Put the Red Sox anomolous finish aside, and there are two factors at work here. The one that everyone would like to point out is the population density of the Northeast, and that’s all well and good, although I’d like to point out that Dallas is the fourth largest metro area in the U.S.; and then after Philly at number five, the next four are Houston, Miami, Washington, and Atlanta, before Boston comes in. Generally, the Rangers, Astros, Marlins, Nationals, and Braves aren’t considered “big market” teams.
The much more important point is the relative popularity of baseball in the Northeast. I’m a New Yorker with a lot of friends who are rabid sports fans. NOBODY in NYC follows NASCAR. Almost nobody follows college football. NFL football is a distant third in popularity behind basketball and (by far) baseball. Baseball is by FAR the most popular sport in the Northeast.
Can Southern or Midwestern cities say that? I was in Miami last week, and a game featuring Stephen Strasbourg against Josh Johnson wasn’t sold out. It seems ludicrous to me that people in other parts of the country complain about an “East Coast Bias” in baseball when the baseball fans in the Northeast vastly outnumber the fans of every other sport in the Northeast. Maybe if 100% of the fan dollars spent on NASCAR, 95% of the fan dollars spent on college football, and 80% of the fan dollars spent on the NFL in other parts of the country instead went to baseball, teams in other parts of the country would have almost as much money as the Yankees and Mets and Red Sox.
It’s not Northeast sports fans’ fault that they care more about baseball than the rest of the country does. And the next time you complain about the Yankees overspending, ask yourself if a game featuring Strasbourg and Johnson would ever, ever, EVER have tickets available on gameday if it were played in NYC.
One idea that I had to limit the bias of specific fans; have fans vote for the best players on each team in the league. If these players were all taken, that is 16 spots in the NL and 14 in the AL. Let the players still vote on the top position players. Add those who were not already included. Then allow the coaches of the team fill out the rest of the roster. Another thought on the coaches for the all-star game. I think that the 3 division leading teams should have at least one of their coaches on the staff for the all-star game. I know the previous worlds series managers are the managers for the game, but adding coaches from team in the hunt is important. These coaches will want to win more-so since this home-field advantage counts. I disagree with it counting, but if it does, lets have coaches there who care. And any player with any type of injury should bow out.
Turd, remember when the Patriots won their first Superbowl? Remember what the crowd was chanting during the victory parade? Yankees Suck. When the Giants won the Superbowl a couple of years ago, and they had their tickertape parade down Broadway, “Red Sox Suck” banners were hanging out of the windows of the office buildings along Broadway. During football season, the back pages of the papers in NY are more interested in potential MLB signings than what’s actually going on in NFL games happening at the time. Trust me, the NFL isn’t a patch on MLB in the Northeast.