Ugliest World Series … Ever – Phillies Nation

Ugliest World Series … Ever

Simply put, this is the most mangled, ugliest World Series ever.

Before cutting into the bumbling ship of fools that is Major League Baseball, let me first say a word about the Phillies and Rays: They’re sloppy. The Phillies have committed an error in every game. Both teams can’t hit with runners on base. Both teams look bad at the dish. Meanwhile, pitchers aren’t dominating, but are getting weird strike calls.

That takes me to the umpires, who absolutely stink. This is the worst officiating I’ve ever seen in baseball. To think that these are the seven voted on by their peers to get this far is ludicrous. The strike zones are ever-changing, safe-out plays are completely incorrect, calls are too animated to be deciphered. Maybe these guys are feeling the same fright the players are feeling. Maybe, but I doubt it.

Then there’s Major League Baseball. The lunacy of game five’s suspension stands out as one of the league’s worst moments, right alongside the tied 2002 All Star Game. Moreover, Commissioner Bud Selig’s evident slurring and confusion added to the fact that he’s incompetent at his job.

One more special shout-out: The Fox network. MLB worked around Fox’s precious schedule, setting 8 p.m. gametimes to gain ratings. Meanwhile, Fox has done a bad job promoting the series, while spending way too much time on advertising. Notice the seven-minute commercial breaks. That’s insane.

A League Gone South

Jason Weitzel at Beerleaguer covered Fox’s intentions very well. It’s true, Fox is catering to its baseball-watching audience: The 30-plus crowd, especially in the boomer range — the guys throwing around money, buying DirecTV, iPods, Sharp televisions and Chevy trucks. How many more times do I have to see Clark W. Griswold taking off his jeans? Or that pale-skinned physicist? It’s all about the dollar, baby.

And here in this World Series we see where baseball has gone off the deep end, following its uglier, destroyed brother, professional football. By catering to advertisers, Major League Baseball has to fall prey to scheduling conflicts and the damaging of the game’s integrity. And when there’s an absolute idiot leading the game, the problems are easier to spot.

It’s a shame, really, from a Phillies fan’s perspective. Not only are we being blasted for not being part of a fun, ratings-winning World Series, but we’re victims of the obvious pitfalls of a game going south in its practices. And in turn, some might forever associate the 2008 Phillies with the ugliest World Series ever. And that’s not fair at all.



  1. Phillies Phan SC

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 am

    I am glad to be one of the firsts to post on this thread. The author’s article makes some great points, but I do not think that everyone will associate the Phillies with this – BUT and this is the big BUT – it will end up overshadowing the Phillies, which I think THAT is unfair. I love the Phillies, and I don’t live in PA anymore, but I watch every game on Extra Innings on cable. That won’t change but I still hate where MLB is going. What bothers me most – and I also am not getting into the political end of things, (so regardless of the candidate), I do not believe in mixing sports and politics. Peter gammons did it with Nancy Regan during the Home Run Derby, which is NOT the place to mention any politicians – Republican or Democrat. I think that is where MLB is also going in general is wrong. I do NOT fault the politicians on this directly; it just should not be an option for any candidate. Show the game, show it on time and talk baseball. I bet if MLB did that, their ratings would soar. In the end though, I still do not think it will reflect on the Phillies. I just think people won’t remember the 2008 WS unless you are a Rays or Phillies fan.

  2. Phanatic Fan

    October 29, 2008 at 5:51 am

    But don’t you want to get “saaaave by zerrooooooo” a couple thousand more times?

  3. Isaiah

    October 29, 2008 at 6:17 am

    I dont think MLB is different than any other league as far as TV and stuff goes into controlling what goes on. It’s just the way it is. Why do you think games ever started being played at night? It wasn’t fans getting to the park, they always did that, its for the fans away from the home city. For once the Phils are in the WS and we’re finding stuff to be negative about? I think this delay due to weather is putting a crunch on blog writers.

  4. rootin tootin

    October 29, 2008 at 6:52 am

    the game tonight will start bottom of the 6th but before they start will there be a national anthem also will they stop selling beer in the 7th inning plus will there be a 7th inning stretch. will the same umpires be at the same bases. this is a suspended game so all should be the same right? you know yourself that the beer sales will continue till the end of the game…………….revenue. now since this a suspended game do the parking lots honor your parking stub for the game…not, anyway lets go Phillies shut out the rays and get on with winning the world series.

  5. rootin tootin

    October 29, 2008 at 6:55 am

    one more thing .. does anyone know where you might be able to purshase a philies mask for the current list of phliiies players?

  6. Kevin

    October 29, 2008 at 7:31 am

    Honestly I could not care less about whether or not people remember tis World Series or not. If they want to blast it for low ratings fine. I don’t care. At the end of the day the World Series trophy still means as much as it did in 1980, 1950, 1988, 1996, 1965, or 1946. I really don’t care if people want to target the ratings or the ugly play and umpiring. My team winning is all that matters to me. Let the critics have their say (prepare for synics proclaiming that the Phillies didn’t win it, the Rays lost it and the umpires helped etc etc and prepare for one more round of booing Santa and snowball throwing).

    Just win. Who cares about anything else?

  7. NC Jason

    October 29, 2008 at 7:34 am

    Anyone else have a feeling of Déjà vu today?


    October 29, 2008 at 7:55 am

    I agree. Making it to the world series has been so amazing as a phillies phan but now that we are here and seeing our team sucked into this BS just makes me sick. I have enjoyed the regular season a WHOLE lot more than I am enjoying this. Its obvious they want to see a more competitive series and want the rays to come back. ya know what? just give the rays the ****ing title and don’t let our guys be a part of this anymore. I’m literally sick of the umpiring and decision making.

    But regardless, let’s just see our phightins defy all the corporate BS and take this series. This one is for the true philly phans, not for the ratings.


  9. Jeff

    October 29, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Start the games at 7:30 for crying out loud. Agreed, all those Fox promo’s/commercials make me sick. They come on at 8:00 and the pre-game information they give you is 2 min. worth of trash.

  10. NJ (Go Joe Bombton!)

    October 29, 2008 at 8:02 am

    The consensus view seems to be people are OK with the game being suspended but not at the point it was. Suspending a game mid-inning gives and unfair advantage and you simply can’t just benignly be happy with two halfs of an inning being played on different days under different conditions an acceptable solution.

    Selig is hiding behind the networks like a child who’s trying to hide that he’s just broken his parents best vase. The rules were not used but abused to give an even playing field, sure that’s fair at the beginning of a game but the Phils had the Rays on the back-foot and MLB pretty much said we don’t care we’d like to give the Rays the upper hand at getting this series back to Tampa.

  11. NJ (Phuck Bud Selig!)

    October 29, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Jeff MLB wouldn’t do anything to loose ratings further by doing what was best for the game, baseball and the integrity of the game isn’t their concern now is it…?

  12. Griffin

    October 29, 2008 at 8:12 am

    The starting times for the games are late because MLB charges Fox a premium for the rights to broadcast the games. MLB could easily take a little less money in exchange for Fox broadcasting one day game or for moving all start times up half an hour. But MLB gets the most money they can and therefore Fox puts the games in the time slot where they’ll get the most bang for their buck. I blame MLB for this nonsense, they’re awash in cash and just greedy.

  13. Jeff

    October 29, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Of course, Fox paid billions of $$ to have the rights to televise these games, so they want to put them all in prime-time. It’s sad.

  14. A.J. Delaware

    October 29, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Fox has been cramming in so many commercials that as soon as the ump makes the 3rd out call…bam right into one, and they come back from commercial as first pitch of the inning is halfway to the catcher already. Monday night they had some stupid graphic up instead of the game, and by the time they cut back to the game, you missed a whole at bat (got back just in time to see 3rd strike being called).

  15. KD

    October 29, 2008 at 8:22 am

    THANK YOU! I am so sick of the commercials/commentating/umpires I want to throw something at the tv. And yes politics aside is it true they are not showing any pre-game tonight? I think that’s BS. This could be the biggest night of our lives and they are just going to cut into the first pitch? I should be used to being brushed aside but this makes me crazy.
    1 Run 9 Outs

  16. chase mutley

    October 29, 2008 at 8:23 am

    to be honest, the nfl, while certainly not innocent is head and shoulders above mlb in protecting the integrity of the game in opposition the tv contracts. tv needs the nfl just as much as the nfl needs tv. the nfl took steroids seriously starting in the early 1980s. you think the ratings wouldn’t have benefitted from mammoth, insane defensive linemen the same way mlb benefitted from a home run race? what about excessive celebrations or personal conduct rules? that sort of stuff boosts ratings but the commish shut it down. and while I can’t envision a scenario where this would happen, I have no doubt roger goodell would have any problem telling the networks “we’re waiting this one one” if he thought it would impact the outcome in and unfair and unusual way. and c’mon the f’ing us open was put on rain relay this year and what sort of pull does tennis have with american tv networks? ONLY mlb would be this weak. ONLY bud selig.

  17. Scholar in Training

    October 29, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Have you guys seen this one from the other night:

    This guy is hilarious! 🙂

  18. Manny

    October 29, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Just Win. Who cares about the rest?

  19. Greg V.

    October 29, 2008 at 9:10 am

    This article is damn negative when when we could be world champions in less than 13 hours. Believe me! I could write a book about how lousy the Fox coverage is! I got half a mind to switch back to cable because I’ve had it with the stupid Christie Brinkley and Chevy Chase commercial! It wasn’t funny the first time! It won’t be funny the 1000th time! Joe Buck and Tim McCarver are horrendous and come accross as being anti-philly. And let’s talk about that Obama guy’s infomercials! Doesn’t the guy have the election locked up? Do we really need to see these long ass commercials about it?

    I consider this one of the most insane World Series’ ever and I think that makes it extra special. But look at all the great stories it has!

    – Cole Hamels pitching some phenominal baseball. Obviously, his moment has been pretty much spoiled by the events of the other day, but nothing can take away from his performance this post season.

    – Tim McCraw spreading Tug’s ashes on the pitchers mound.

    – Jamie Moyer getting his first major league World Series start at 45 and pitching extremely well.

    – The slugfest on Sunday lead by Joe Blanton’s home run and 5 strong innings!

    Yes, the rain delay sucks. It was a huge momentum killer. But we’re still at home and we got 3.5 to play tonight! I feel really good!

  20. chase mutley

    October 29, 2008 at 9:12 am


    your blog is weak and you know it. calling philly fans gross is lazy and old hat. the only people who think its funny in losers in new jersey suburbs.

  21. Manny

    October 29, 2008 at 9:15 am

    I’m with Greg V. on this one! Tonight could be a historic night for our team and for Philadelphia–and you come to this website and first thing you see is this “negative vibes” article that simply doesn’t fit! Wrong time, wrong place, though mostly true.

  22. Tim Malcolm

    October 29, 2008 at 9:17 am

    When I scheduled this post I worried that it was negative at a time when we didn’t need to be negative. I guess I saw it coming.

  23. Phil

    October 29, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Counter it with a positive piece, Tim.

  24. NJ (Phuck Bud Selig!)

    October 29, 2008 at 9:34 am

    I guess we’ve just got to get over it, we have no reason to believe the guys won’t pull it over be it tonight, tomorrow or the next night… No matter how badly they play in most games the Phils are 9 outs from being World Champions so lets get back in the corner instead of bitching in the crowd.

    (And if things really do go south then we have a new target of abuse and it’s not the owners, Wade, Larry, Padilla, Garcia, Helms or even Eaton… Bud Selig you pissed off the wrong set of fans!)

  25. Scholar in Training

    October 29, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Is Obama’s message going to delay the game tonight?

  26. Manny

    October 29, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Obama may lose PA if he comes up with a an hour-long message BEFORE our big game!

  27. Manny

    October 29, 2008 at 9:49 am

    “Obama is reaching out to a sweeping audience less than a week before decision day with a half-hour special scheduled to air tonight at 8 p.m. on most major television networks. NBC, CBS and Fox will air the program.”

    Bottomline: Obama at 8pm. Phillies at 8:37pm. Good thing the game’s not getting pushed back because of an Obama ad!! That would’ve been the ultimate fiasco for us Phillies fans.

  28. Phil

    October 29, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Manny, Obama is not going to lose PA or the election. Scholar, it’s cutting into the pregame not the game itself.

  29. Evrybuddy Hits woohoo

    October 29, 2008 at 9:58 am

    The negative is that neither team is hitting all that great. The positive is that both teams are pitching well. If the other was the case, you would complain about the terrible pitching in the series.

    The average number of errors in a World Series is 11 so the number of errors in this series are about average.

    Would you rather have the games on the Versus network at 4 PM in the afternoon? Ratings are low because the Rays have no fan base whatsoever and no stars to speak of. The Phils, believe it or not, have a fairly large fan base outside of Philadelphia so they are carrying the ratings.

  30. Chuck

    October 29, 2008 at 10:16 am

    I’ll deal with Obama and this election AFTER the WS is over and the Phillies are champs. Can’t even think about politics right now………and I am a serious political junkie.

    GO PHILLIES!!!!!!!!

  31. Gavin

    October 29, 2008 at 10:22 am

    I love how everyone will bitch that the games last 3 to 4 hours, but no one ever mentions the 5 minutes commercial breaks. Its why I dont watch MNF much anymore and it stretches the game out at least another 3o minutes. Great post Tim.

  32. JR

    October 29, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Seriously? Ugliest World Series ever?

    Uglier than the 1919 World Series … with the “Black Sox” scandal and players throwing games?

    Sorry … I care more about the Phillies potentially winning their 2nd world series in their 125 year history, than how “pretty” the series looks!

    That said, Bud Selig has done everything in his power to destory baseball. When is his tenure up, again?

  33. Manny

    October 29, 2008 at 11:00 am

  34. Jamie

    October 29, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Maybe Obama can just use some of his suspicious wealth to pay off FOX and the MLB so the Rays can win. There’s a thought.

  35. oaklandphilsphan

    October 29, 2008 at 11:42 am

    this is crazy! this is crazy! this is crazy! saveddddddddddddddd by zeroooooooooooooooooooo saved by zero! saved by zero! saved by zero!

  36. J-Man

    October 29, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    The 1989 World Series between the A’s and Giants when that earthquake struck was pretty ugly,but you can’t prevent that this is preventable…Yea i heard that game 5 was one of the lowest World Series games ever,but thats MLB fault they need to start the games earlier not everyone stays up until midnight to watch the game and get some better announcers.

  37. NJ (Ya Gotta Believe!)

    October 29, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    politics J-Man politics, would take Major League Baseball standing up for itself. Selig would rather play a bad hand and go with the ‘told you so’ plan than stand-up and lead.

    He’s a bad commisioner, even with the publication of the Mitchell report he shrivilled into the background and it was his people that got the ball rolling on that, he’s a bad and worst tired commisioner more worried about loosing fans than fighting to gain them back.

  38. mets hater

    May 6, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Go f**k yourself. the phillies r the best team ever. the person that told me about this said u were a phillies fan. Im disgusted that a piece of crap would actually say that.F**k u

  39. thunderdude67

    May 6, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    That WAS a real boring series.

  40. Cc cleaner

    June 24, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    You are right! I agree with you

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