Like all sports, baseball CAN get dull. Especially towards the end of the season, if your team has no chance at a playoff berth. It's at this point that you begin to watch a bunch of guys playing a game. It just doesn't feel as interesting.
I have come up with a plethora of rule changes that, if implemented, would make 'lame duck' games the best games of the year.
RULE 1: Involve the fans
We have all seen the following scenario: a hitter fouls pitch after pitch into the stands. To TRY and make this seem like fun the stadium plays cartoon sound effects as the ball lands. The TV broadcasters zoom in on a kid who caught a foul ball and said "That youngster has a souvenir from the game."
What we should do is remember that if a foul ball is caught the hitter is OUT. Sure it usually only counts ON the field, but lets extend it to OFF the field too.
But all fans who wish to be eligible must wear the cap of the team they are supporting. And a cup. It's only right.
RULE 2: Emphasize the number 2 hitter
Poor number 2 hitter. Not accurate enough to bat first, not powerful enough for fourth. Still, I have an idea to make him the most popular hitter in the lineup.
He can do everything backwards.
Yup, he can wear his uniform backwards and run the bases backwards. Not just backwards, but in backwards ORDER!
He can run from third to second to first. The best thing about this is if you sit near someone who doesn't follow sports you can tell them "Don't laugh at that guy, he's retarded. They just let him run the bases because they feel sorry for him."
RULE 3: No more drunk fans
There is nothing worse than going to a baseball game and having to sit next to a drunken moron. Oh wait, I guess there are some things worse like getting killed by a line drive to the back of the head. Well, never mind then.
RULE 4: Mascots
People love the crazy antics of the team mascot so why not let the mascot be the "designated hitter" in all American League games. In the National League games the mascot must pitch as well.
As for teams that don't have a mascot, they can use one of their drunken fans... or the guy that was killed by a line drive. He can be the "Dead Dude of the Diamond."
All the kids would love him, except for his own kids. They would just be sad.
RULE 5: Cheerleaders
With any luck these suggestions will be implemented before the end of the season.