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NY Baseball Fans Headed to Early Burnout

By Mike Silva ~ April 9th, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva, Sports Media Commentary.

To say the mainstream media is overanalyzing the start of the baseball season is this site acting as “the pot calling the kettle black.” We, after all, try to delve into the details from the Independent League to the majors. Regardless, the amount of over analysis of the Mets and Yankees just 3 games in is like never before. Perhaps the calls by fans, blogs, and independent media for the mainstream to “step up” and give us more have finally resonated. Maybe ESPN New York, who is going to crush the sports section of the major newspapers in short time, has brought this upon us. I am not saying you didn’t learn something good about the Yankees and bad about the Mets so far, but it’s way too early to judge anyone, including Mike Jacobs.

Here are some examples of what I am talking about. I want to make it clear I enjoy and respect each of these writers, so this isn’t about bashing them (I want you to read them), but show how “out of control” the sports environment has become here:

Kevin Kernan: So Much for a Quick Start to the Season

Bob Klapisch: Lessons Learned at Fenway

Bill Madden: Manuel in Power Struggle

These are just three articles and I could easily go back in the archives for some more. Each piece makes great points and is well written, but my point is this can’t be the daily commentary about the Mets and Yankees the next 159 days. We can’t examine Joba, Granderson, and the Yankees hunger to repeat. We can’t do the Manuel watch daily because it’s already on and we really don’t know if the Mets are off to a bad start. If they sweep the Nationals this weekend and finish the week 4-2 is that still tarnished by losing the series to Florida? If the Yankees lose 2 of 3 to Tampa and come home 3-3 have those Fenway performances been washed away?

Rick Peterson said New York is “162 one game seasons” a while back. He couldn’t be more right in describing the situation. More media, more demands, and less of an ability to stand out create the need to sell drama. The newspaper industry, blogs as well, can’t stay relevant without it. The problem is can the reader stay engaged with it? I heard someone say about a week ago they are “already burned out” by the 2010 Mets. I might get burnt out by the 2010 New York baseball season by Sunday if we continue at this rate.

Maybe this is what sports and news has become. Perhaps this is the downside of the 24/7/365 news cycle. Maybe too much information is just as bad as not enough. This is one of the few times I don’t believe I know an answer. I do know that this type of news intensity is hardly sustainable to the reader the entire season.

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1 Response to NY Baseball Fans Headed to Early Burnout

  1. Johanna Wagner

    Been writing about this for years. Writers everywhere, but particularly in New York have to make each game critical so that you have to buy their paper and read their story.

    Rarely in the mainstream media is there any talk of the season as a whole. No wonder those inside find the word Fan to be disdainful- they forget that its their job to make the fans smarter- instead, they focus on keeping a need for a newspaper.

    The New York Media perpetuates so many myths- because they have forgotten how to write about the game. Its why sites like this and mine exist. To go beyond the little picture to speak about bigness of the game.

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