World Series needs warmth, neutral site

Updated: November 2, 2008, 4:36 PM ET
My first memories of the World Series, from 1973 and 1974, are vivid. I remember watching Willie Mays stare into the sun as he tried unsuccessfully to track a fly ball, then seeing him plead without success after a Mets teammate -- Bud Harrelson, I think -- was thrown out at the plate. A year later, the Dodgers, my favorite team, lost to the Oakland Athletics, but along the way, there was a memorable moment when Joe Ferguson -- a strong-armed catcher who shifted to right field -- cut in front of a teammate to take a fly ball in the sunshine, then cut down a runner at the plate.

I loved the World Series games that were played during the day because only rarely was I allowed to walk to a neighbor's house to watch the nighttime postseason games. (My family didn't have a television.) In a perfect world, World Series games are played in the sunshine before the fall weather kicks in.