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World Series hasn't been played in sun in 25 years

World Series hasn't been played in sun in 25 years

Major League Baseball boss Bud Selig wants to cast a little light on the World Series _ daylight.
The sun hasn't shone on MLB's biggest stage since 1984, when Detroit beat San Diego. There was a single day game three years later, but it was played indoors at Minnesota's Metrodome.
Ever since, MLB's signature matchup has been played under the lights, with some flickers of twilight helping illuminate the first inning of West Coast games.
MLB's commissioner acknowledged he might not get the change he's hoping for.
"I want a day game in the World Series," Selig said in a telephone interview this week with The Associated Press. "It's been a favorite subject of mine over the years because I grew up watching the World Series during the afternoon in the '40s, '50s and '60s.
"But our objective is to have as many viewers as possible."
The New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies will open the Series on Wednesday at 7:57 p.m. local time _ about 30 minutes earlier than usual _ and will end each game when most children, at least those living on the East Coast, are sleeping.
Rather than catering to kids, MLB and broadcaster Fox are shooting for the highest ratings they can get to help sell the commercials that pay the bills.
"World Series games, for more than 20 years, have been played at a time when the greatest number of fans can watch from coast to coast," Fox Sports president Ed Goren said in a statement. "This year, we worked with MLB to move postseason start times 30 to 40 minutes earlier, and we would be very willing to consider televising World Series games played during the day if the fee to acquire those rights reflected the smaller audiences that day games would naturally produce."
When Goren's comments were relayed, Selig wouldn't close the door on lowering rights.
"I am sensitive to the issue because I love baseball games during the day," he said. "(But) day games ratings are never as good as they are at night when more people can watch TV."
Both parties received more incentive to keep the games at night when the Yankees played the Los Angeles Angels in the American League Championship Series. The five prime-time games had an average U.S. rating of 6.9 while the one day game drew a 4.8 _ a 44 percent decrease _ according to Fox.
Last year's World Series, though, seemed to give MLB and Fox a reason to pause and evaluate how late to start games this year. The scheduled starts from 8:29 to 8:35 p.m. and 3-plus hours games drew ratings that were 17 percent less than three years ago.
Wednesday's game will have the earliest first pitch since 2003.
Alan Trammell, the World Series MVP in 1984, fondly recalls watching MLB's best in the late 1960s during the day as a kid.
"I started getting the gleam in my eye; the dream started," Trammell said. "I was fortunate that my teachers were sports fans. They used to bring a TV in the back of the room and I used to be the one who could go back and get updates on the games to give the class a report.
"Day baseball is a thing of the past. I wish they would bring it back."