During one of the World Series in the 1980s, Mom said it was peculiar that "nowadays" the World Series always seemed to take seven games, whereas it never had before. In fact, she seemed to think it was deliberate. The fix was in, maximized for entertainment value and advertising dollars.
I thought of that in the 2004 Series when the Cardinals lost to the Red Sox in four straight games. Of course that was a loss to the Sox, who had been denied a Series forever, and what would be more dramatic than the sweep?
And, after Game 6 of the series can you blame me? In the film The Natural they got down to the ninth inning, the last strike, and then Robert Redford's home run hits the lights and they explode and it's all dramatic. But was he playing for his hometown team? And was it actually the second time he'd come up at bat when it was down to the final strike and WAS THERE A MAGIC RALLY SQUIRREL INVOLVED and no, there was not. Because THAT would have been RIDICULOUS.
And so now of course they have won and I have the same reaction as always: if it was a fake win, I don't care, because it was very enjoyable.