This is the greatest day of Gerry Callahan’s life –– well, besides Donald J. Trump’s inauguration. ESPN announced Monday it is moving “Sunday Night Baseball” up one hour this season, meaning games will start shortly after 7 p.m.
That means Callahan will likely have to wait until October for pitching changes and foul balls to keep him up watching America’s Pastime until the wee hours of the morning.
The Red Sox have already been tapped for five Sunday night contests this season, including a rematch against the Dodgers July 14, so Boston fans should feel the impact of the viewer-friendly time change.
This year’s World Series was the fourth-lowest rated ever, despite the fact it involved the storied Red Sox and Dodgers.
Moving up “Sunday Night Baseball” isn’t likely to solve the franchise’s ratings woes. But it undeniably makes the product accessible to a wider range of viewers. And due to the length of national games, most affairs will probably be wrapping up in primetime, when the audience is conceivably at its largest.
While this is just one minor tweak, it’s a step in the right direction for baseball. Now what can we do about removing Jess Mendoza from the Sunday night booth?