World Series games start earlier in night, end later on calendar
TV giveth and TV taketh away.
On one hand, the World Series could drag nearly a full week into November, fallout from the 2007 move of Game 1s to Wednesdays, which are more ratings-friendly than the old weekend-to-weekend schedule.
On the other hand, MLB and Fox finally have moved the first pitches for every game other than Sunday's to 7:57 p.m., belated recognition that the insane length of 21st century games demanded earlier starting times.
Speaking of TV, I talked to Fox's Joe Buck today for a newspaper column that will appear in Wednesday's paper.
We talked about many things, from Vin Scully to Chip Caray to Buck's evolution from smart-aleck twentysomething to a 40-year-old about to tie Scully and Curt Gowdy with 12 World Series on play-by-play.
A preview, in which Buck discusses his more judicious use of humor these days:
"I think I've grown up over the years, and I think after you've done this for long enough I feel like you settle into a good spot,'' he said.
"I don't avoid it. I think if something presents itself, like the other night saying, 'Kids, when catching a popup use four hands,' or giving Tim trouble, keeping some light moments with Tim and I, then I think it's worthwhile.
"There are times, I'm sure, in the past, where I looked for the funny line instead of letting it come to me. I don't know if it's because I have other avenues or because I don't feel compelled to make my mark that way. I'd rather just kind of do my job and move on.
"It's been an unconscious conscious decision. It just kind of happened."