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They're not neutral about Plaschke

October 25, 2008

Since Bill Plaschke is bored by the World Series ["Update a Classic," Oct. 22], can the Los Angeles Times just put us out of our misery and not send him to any baseball games anymore? For the rest of his life, if possible?

I would have tried to read his column about the neutral-site World Series a second time, but I discovered that my HMO doesn't cover me in case I gouge out my own eyes in order to save myself from going mad.

Bob Timmermann

South Pasadena

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Bill Plaschke's column about the "updating" of the World Series was completely off the deep end. The Series has been systematically ruined by TV network scheduling, blabby, hype-filled coverage, and too many playoff rounds and now he suggests ripping the games away from the teams' real fans and turning it into a full-blown corporate media circus? Ever notice how boring the crowds are at most Super Bowls?

The quickest way to make the World Series important again is to go back to two divisions in each league and put games on earlier in the day so half the kids in the country don't have to miss them. Like that might happen.

Jeff Polman

Culver City

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You know, Plaschke, sometimes I feel sorry that people write awful things about you in the Letters column. But your "Update a Classic" column deserves a fastball buzzed right past your ear. The best thing about baseball is that it is still baseball. We don't need to make it into the Super Bowl. It's who plays in the Series that makes the difference in the ratings. If the Dodgers and New York were in it, the ratings would soar. Same with Dodgers and Boston, only because of Manny being here. You'd be there with bells on cranking out your columns instead of complaining.

The All-Star game had the highest television rating in years. Why? Because it was in New York. The Tampa Bay Rays played to an empty stadium all year. Why? Because Florida is full of retirees who moved there from another area and already had their own teams to support. How many of those same Floridians would get on a plane and fly to Timbuktu to see the Rays play in a World Series? None. Go cover that whiny Brett Favre and leave baseball alone.

Helen Freeman

Anaheim

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Is Plaschke attempting to re-energize this economy and secretly working for an airline business by having all of Philadelphia and Tampa Bay fly 3,000 miles at $700+ a round trip?

Daniel Ornelas

Los Angeles

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The only thing more disturbing than the new sketch of Bill Plaschke's face is the fact that the Los Angles Times continues to recognize him as a sports columnist. If what he wants out of the World Series is a weeklong party, allow me to make a suggestion to him: head to New Orleans in February. And then stay there. Permanently.

Josh Segal

Pasadena

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