“America’s Favorite Past Time” has been on the down swing in popularity for a while now and needs a revival in a major way. With Rob Manfred as commissioner, the MLB has to find a way to bring Baseball back to prominence.
One of those ways is to bring two of professional baseball’s biggest powerhouses together in a historical battle that all fans can appreciate. The Yankees and Dodgers are the only clubhouses with the star power, historical prowess and international recognition to rescue a fledgling league.
Why The Yankees And Dodgers?
Both teams have been bitten by the Houston Astros cheating ways in the past. In 2017, the Astros were found to have cheated during the regular and postseason. During that season, there is no question the Astros were talented but there is an argument to be made for both the Yankees and Dodgers being better. The Astros created a lot of bad blood and the only justice would be for the franchises whose seasons were affected to play each other for the title.
Of course, this isn’t the only reason why the two should matchup. The Yankees and Dodgers are very familiar with each other in the World Series. The two teams have met in the championship series 11 times, more than any two teams in MLB history, with the Yankees holding the series advantage (8-3).
Now the teams are not both in New York anymore but they are in the two largest media markets in the United States. This “Battle of Coasts” would essentially boost the World Series ratings by default.
The added flair of two of the leagues best slugging teams would also make fans want to tune in. We are talking about teams whom had over 270 homers hammered last season (NY, 306 and LA, 279). Just to add to it, imagine the marketing slogan: “Bronx Bombers vs Homers of Hollywood”…it has a very nice ring to it.
This is a season with plenty of MVP candidates in both the National and American Leagues. Three names that should be near the top of those list are Dodgers’ right fielder Mookie Betts and the two Yankees’ ringers: Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.
Betts has already won an MVP award and World Series in his career and could see another as early as this year. Stanton has also won an MVP, as well as being a two-time Silver Slugger. Judge has been a Rookie of the Year and a Silver Slugger as well. Each is off to a fast start which would bode well for a World Series matchup between MVP winners.
The last time that happened was in 2012 with Buster Posey vs. Miguel Cabrera. Even though that World Series had some of the lowest ratings recorded, we are talking about L.A. versus New York here.
Sports needs baseball, America needs baseball and nothing is more American than two of the most well known clubs in the MLB going head-to-head for all the marbles. Even with COVID-19 threatening to end the season, this would ultimately give hope to fans of the game.
Let’s hope the Yankees and Dodgers make this a season to remember.