MLB has agreed to delay the start of a World Series game by about 15 minutes to make room for a half-hour TV commercial that Barack Obama plans to run on Oct. 29, the night Game Six will be played (if necessary). It’s believed to be the first time this has ever happened.
We don’t think baseball should stop there. Judging by the through-the-roof ratings of the conventions and debates this political season, MLB could learn a lot from the presidential campaign.
Here are some other ways that the World Series should make room for politics:
10. Brushback pitches accompanied by chants of “Drill, baby, drill”
9. New DH: Joe the Plumber
8. Games only aired in battleground states
7. Rays court religious right by describing how they turned away from the Devil
6. Charlie Manuel makes risky yet inspired move by naming photogenic female T-ball manager his bench coach
5. No Hollywood celebrities in crowd -- they’re all at Obama rallies
4. Rather than pitch, hit and field, teams compete with dueling negative ads on Jumbotron
3. Absence of big-market Yankees, Mets and (maybe) Red Sox blasted as socialistic “spreading the wealth”
2. Each side tries desperately to link the other to Dane Cook
1. Series extended to best of 700 days