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Selig: Nation 'captivated' by ALCS
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10/20/2004 7:03 PM ET
Selig: Nation 'captivated' by ALCS
Commissioner calls Sox-Yanks series 'incredible'
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Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig Wednesday said he believed that "the whole country has been captivated" by postseason baseball, in particular the drama of the Yankees-Red Sox American League Championship Series.

Television rating numbers -- FOX has averaged a 14.1 rating/21 share -- tend to support the commissioner's notion that a sizable portion of the American viewing public has found the ALCS appealing and has not changed channels. The excitement and the interest have increased as the Red Sox have staged an unprecedented comeback from a 3-0 deficit to tie the ALCS.

"The last three days have been just incredible," the Commissioner said. Selig was speaking from St. Louis, where he was watching the Cardinals and the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the NLCS.

"This series right here [in St. Louis] has been terrific," Selig said. "But what you have with your series in Boston and New York has been unbelievable, absolutely unbelievable; the intensity, the drama, the competition. It has been everything one could have hoped for, and then some."

The Commissioner had attended the ALCS earlier in Boston. He had said that he had an ideal postseason doubleheader planned Wednesday, watching the NLCS in person, then flying home to Milwaukee to watch Game 7 of the ALCS on television.

Mike Bauman is a national columnist for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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