In his blog yesterday (which you have to pay extra for), Buster Olney of ESPN.com had what had to be the lamest reasons for a neutral site World Series.
I will only excerpt small parts since this is special value-added content!
Along the way, MLB could arrange for Hall of Famers to attend daily fan-fest functions, panels and autograph-signing sessions and seminars. The general managers could hold their annual meetings during that week, and the GMs could break away from their hotel to hold town-hall-style talks with fans about their teams as their managers are in town. The baseball writers could announce, day by day, the winners of the major awards -- rookies of the year on the first day, managers of the year on the second day, Cy Young winners on the third day and the MVPs on the last day. The Hall of Fame could announce its induction class for the following summer. In a place like Phoenix or San Diego, there could be daily charity golf tournaments, and fans could be part of the scramble. MLB could feature the John Smoltz Desert Classic on the first day, the Jeff Francoeur Invitational the second day and so on.
Woo hoo! Celebrity golf tournaments as part of the World Series! Count me in! That's what's been missing all these years. The best part of a Jeff Francouer golf tournament is that golf is the sport that he would be best at because you HAVE to swing at the ball in that sport. He'd be right at home. But seriously, am I going to spend a few thousand dollars to go to Phoenix so I can golf with Jeff Francouer by day and watch the World Series by night?
And I'm sure that the six Kansas City Royals fans who show up at this neutral site World Series will be waiting for Dayton Moore's musings on who will be the long man in the Royals bullpen in 2012.
Buster, you grew up in Vermont. You must own warm clothing. Put some on. You'll survive.