George Commo’s Blog – Monday Afternoon 10-31-16

The World Series is down to Game 6 and the Cubs will face another must win when the first pitch flies tomorrow night in Cleveland. But the Cubbies have dodged a bullet once and don’t bet against them doing it again tomorrow.

It was a wild scene … a tension filled thriller last night in the bedlam of Wrigley Field … and Chicago fans got to salute their guys in person one more time as Aroldis Chapman fought off the Indians in a Game 5 classic. The game had everything that makes baseball the great game it is … great pitching … solid defense … a couple of longballs … and strategy … managerial strategy that gets fans involved … second guessing managers Terry Franconca and Joe Maddon.

Fox loves it. Game five drew a strong 15.6 TV rating and a 24 share of the Sunday night audience … whooping the unwhoopable NFL, where Cowboys/Eagles on NBC drew an 11.6/18. Baseball beat the NFL on this Sunday night by 32%! Throw in the fact that Saturday night’s Cubs/Indians Game Four was the highest rated Series Saturday night game since 2004 and you get the idea.

So you can add TV executives to baseball fans, both hard core lifers and casual pink hatters, who will be “root root, rooting hard for the road team” on Tuesday night. All across America (except in the state of Ohio) we want to see a Game Seven.