When the World Series goes to a dome, it's an affront to tradition. When it's played outside and it, heaven forbid, rains, everyone clamors for retractable-roof stadiums. When juiced-up monsters break records in baseball, they're hounded by the FBI or dragged in front of Congress. When a player does the same in the NFL, he makes the flipping Pro Bowl. And when baseball sells out to corporate interest and a network's broadcasting schedule, it's an affront to America, even though no one bats an eye when the NFL and NBA do the exact same thing.Some of this is brought on by baseball itself because, unlike the near police states run by Messers. Stern and Goodell, Bud Selig has the admirable but often annoying habit of public deliberation. Heck, there may be a football version of the Mitchell Report, but it's probably locked behind seven doors, Get Smart-style.
But Andrew is right: the public and the press expect more from baseball and pounce harder when baseball fails in some way.