1. The slow pace.
Games go on forever with some innings lasting longer than some marriages.
The longest recorded game in regulation play was 4 hours 45 minutes on August 18, 2006 between arch rivals the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox with the Yankees beating the Red Sox 14 to 11.
And if the score is tied after the regulation nine innings, the game continues with extra innings until one team or the other wins. The longest recorded game with extra innings was 8 hours 6 minutes between the Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers which went 25 innings on May 8, 1984, and ended with the White Sox defeating the Brewers 7 to 6.
2. Too many games.
There are 162 games in the regular season. That’s a fact.
Exhibition games number anywhere from 18 to 20. Post season has anywhere from 3 to 20. (I don’t see how there can be only 3 games but that’s what Google said). Using the higher number, that means the two teams in the World Series have played 181 games, and should the Series take all seven games to determine the winner, that’s a grand total of 188 games of baseball. No wonder fans get so hung up on stats.
3. Lack of action
Reminds me of the Armed Forces — hurry up and wait.
Everyone is in their designated area but nothing is happening. Then the pitcher and the catcher are having a game of catch while we’re all stuck watching them. At some point the Umpire yells, “Play Ball!” and things are finally under way, at least until the batter enters the batters box. There he takes a few practice swings, spits, grabs his crotch, readjusts his ‘cup’, checks his batting helmet and then steps out of the batters box to tighten his batting gloves. My God, man, in or out. What are you…a cat?!
I’ve been told baseball is a battle between the pitcher and the batter. The pitcher tries to throw the ball without the batter hitting it while the batter tries to hit the ball and get on base. Everyone else on the field is just the supporting cast.
4. The rules.
The pitcher throws the ball, the batter hits the ball, the ball is caught and thrown to the baseman in an effort to get the batter (now called the runner) out.
Nowadays they have designated runners, designated hitters, pinch runners and pinch hitters (probably the same as designated), infield fly rules — it’s just plain confusing. I doubt Abner Doubleday would understand the rules including the newest one about collisions at home plate.
5. 7th inning stretch.
The games are so long the fans have to stretch during the 7th inning.
The story goes that President William Howard Taft went to the April 14, 1910 game between the Philadelphia Athletics and the Washington Senators. After sitting in what must have been a very uncomfortable position for a man of his bulk, Taft stood up. The crowd, thinking he was leaving, stood up with him. A few minutes later, the President sat back down as did everyone else and play resumed.
Now during this ‘stretching period’ they have someone sing the song “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” while they do it.
Here’s a little trivia for ya –do you know by whom and where that song was written? Here’s what I found out.
It was written by a successful songwriter named Jack Norworth who scribbled the lyrics on a scrap piece of paper while riding the train to Manhatten to watch a baseball game.
Today’s 7th inning stretch features sausage races, team mascots shooting T-shirts into the crowd and a chance for the home viewer to grab a beer, some nachos and ‘hit the can’ before play resumes.Baseball may be fun to play but a total borefest to watch.And the only thing more boring than baseball is a documentary about baseball. Sorry Ken Burns.
BUT, baseball movies are a different story. I LOVE baseball movies.
From ‘Kill the Umpire’ starring William Bendix to ‘Moneyball’ starring Brad Pitt, and everything in between, I am a huge baseball movie fan.
Whether it’s based on a true story or a complete work of fiction, a baseball movie scores a grand slam every time with me.
One last thing…..Mets 2nd baseman Daniel Murphy took 2 or 3 days off to attend the birth of his son and spent the first few days of life with his wife and child and sent the sports media world into a tailspin.
He was gone 2 of 3 days….the season just started , there’s close to 160 games to go. Pfft…..a baby’s father should be there for the birth and a few days after. Being there just for the conception is sooo last century.
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