I'm not talking about the tension; I'm talking about the starting time.
For baby boomers, the National Passtime has morphed into the National Past My Bed Time.
An 8 p.m., excuse me, 8:07 p.m., first pitch meant the vast majority of playoff games did not end until near midnight. The Sox may be having a Cinderella season, but many baby boomers turn into pumpkins closer to the stroke of 10 p.m. (If the slipper fits …)
So, why not start the games earlier, say at 7:10 p.m., like they do during the regular season?
The answer, of course, is the networks want to attract the largest possible audience for games with national appeal, which means catering to the West Coast.
West Coast boomers have it made when it comes to sports. Their games start at 5 p.m. and are over early enough that they never have to worry about nodding off at work the next day and head butting the keyboard.
Another advantage West Coasters enjoy is they are fully awake for all of the game, and not prone to visiting la la land toward the later stages. David Ortiz's dramatic eighth inning grand slam against the Tigers in Game 2? I missed it by a doze.
When Major League Baseball began shifting its post season games into prime-time years ago, it was argued that doing so would prevent kids from seeing the games, and eventually deprive baseball of future generations of fans.
I think you can make that same argument when it comes to baby boomers. Kids lost interest in baseball because they couldn't stay up to see the game. Boomers may lose interest because they can't stay up period.
That said, the national and local TV ratings for the playoffs have been good, and although they do drop off a bit after 10 p.m., the slight decline does not indicate Eastern Time zones boomers are turning off the tube and hitting the sack in significant numbers.
What the ratings do not show, however, is the number of boomers who still have the game on but are conked out on the couch calling hogs.
The World Series begins tonight and I will be there front and center. Nine innings of consciousness I can't guarantee.