Long overshadowed by the dominance of the ratings bonanza and attendance juggernaut that is the Arena Football League, MLB is getting its chance to shine in 2009, following the AFL's decision to cancel the entire 2009 season. The AFL hopes to return for the 2009 season, but for now, baseball is looking to take advantage of another league's misfortune.
"Finally, perhaps fans across America will discover the excitement and spectacle that is Major League Baseball," said MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. "Sure, we don't have goofy looking nets at both ends of the stadium, or fields the size of portable sandboxes. But like the Toronto Blue Jays, we too play some of our games on indoor turf. And like the AFL, balls that go into the crowd are the fans' to keep!"
Both AFL fans were devastated by the recent news, but one of them vowed to give MLB a shot. "I'll always be a Philadelphia Soul fan, but maybe I'll try out that Phillies team now," he said. "And unfortunately I'll have to wait until 2010 to debut my clever 'RUSH / CRUSH' sign that I devised to support both the Chicago and Colorado teams in their titanic showdown. Oh, well."