Important note: the outcome of this World Series is irrelevant and has zero effect on my argument
The Chicago Cubs won more games than anybody in baseball this season. They were (and are) the best team in baseball. Yet they are the “lower seed” in the World Series. They only get 3 home games versus the possibility for 4 in Cleveland. And all because the AL beat the NL in the All Star Game. How fucking stupid is that? It is illogical and irresponsible that this “rule” is still in place. It’s the dumbest rule in all of sports, and there’s no close second. A meaningless game in early July, consisting of players on teams good and bad across the league, has a potential impact on the World Series outcome. Granted the winner wins because they outplayed their opponent, but the giving the weaker team an extra home game shifts the momentum. Don’t you think the Cubs would like to playing games 6 and 7 at home?
If the Cubs would have won games 3, 4, and 5 at home to win the whole thing, my feelings would be the exact same. The difference between being home and away for an important Game 6 and potential Game 7 are astronomical regardless of the way the series played out up to that point. Major League Baseball has plenty of dumb rules that affect individual games, but this page in the book needs to be ripped, destroyed, and never spoke about again. They spend so much time tinkering with trivial details yet they won’t address what is, in my opinion, a major issue. They want to reduce the times of games, yet they still make the pitcher throw 4 pitches for an intentional walk. Games take forever, yet the flawed replay system takes forever and the calls are often wrong anyway. What if the team with the better record earned the right to host games 1, 2, 6, and 7? Is that insane? Or we could revert back to the old days where it alternated between the American League and National League hosting the WS. I’m all for that. Anything but this. The Cubs put in a season of work that we rarely see. They dominated from Game 1 to Game 162, but a 2nd inning Eric Hosmer home run on July 12th takes precedence over that evidently.
Sometimes I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. It’s almost as if nobody else is bothered by this. This is such a blemish in a usually very exciting post season. Maybe it has an impact, maybe it doesn’t. But it is a FACT that it could have an impact. And that’s reason enough to rectify this stupid fucking rule. I overuse the world ridiculous egregiously, but there’s no better adjective to apply here than ridiculous.