I get both sides. And maybe if they did this once in a while ... and not during every game ... it would be a fun experiment. But I do think we need to caution ... is this really getting the foot in the door toward a particular demographic to love the game? Or are we appealing to a demographic to love the schtick? Will the love of the game then follow the love of the schtick? What is the best way to make baseball appealing? Heck, I can't even get my friends to go to a game with me.
Love of the Schtick or Love of the game? Does it matter?
Any concern over why they watch is an unnecessary filter to a product that can't afford filtering in the first place. It elitist to say, you must enjoy baseball how I enjoy baseball. Only people who like the sacrifice bunt can watch this game?
The demo's have grayed significantly, From 52 to 57 in a ten year period, we are going to Dick Bremer this sport into the grave with us.
Will Mic'd up players drive away the existing audience? If it does... the game is more fragile than you and I could ever imagine.
Introducing the personality of Freddie Freeman or Mitch Garver or whoever to the world establishes bonds between the product and the consumer.
For example... There are lots of people who watch American Idol. American Idol producers could just roll through the singers one by one, song by song and you'll never know anyone on a personal level. But, they don't, they tell the stories of the performers and reveal the personality of the performers and it produces passion, interest in the performance and the viewers are more engaged in the outcome.
My wife will do about a verse of the performance and sometimes fast forward through the rest but she doesn't fast forward through the produced bios or the "who are you", "where are you from" and "why are you here" questions from the judges. She sincerely roots for that guy "who is singing in front of a national audience because he wants to show his 4 year old daughter that she can accomplish anything".
Schtick? It doesn't matter. The audience size has grown and that does matter.
Personality is marketable, perhaps the most powerful marketing tool on earth.
We don't want to utilize it because?
A Skeleton walks into a bar and says... "Give me a beer... And a mop".
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