Rosenthal: it’s put up or shut up time . . . for fans


Ken Rosenthal makes an awful lot of sense today, predicting that the Orioles-Royals ALCS will not be a ratings juggernaut for TBS in the coming week. And if that does come to pass, he kindly asks that you all shut up about teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers and Cardinals being shoved down our throats for national broadcasts:

Trust me, this series will be good television, Camden Yards a sea of orange, Kauffman Stadium a sea of blue, two long-suffering fan bases erupting with joy, celebrating their teams’ respective ascents into the baseball elite.

Will you watch? Or are your complaints hollow?

Put up or shut up.

If you’re a baseball fan, turn on your TV.

I hope to God that this series gets great ratings because these are a couple of teams that could bring some new fans into the game and reinvigorate some old fans at the same time. This is the freshest LCS matchup we’ve had in years. Still, I’m with Rosenthal (a) doubting that it will; and (b) doubting that it matters given how well baseball ratings do on a local level.