April 19, 2014

"It turns out that a group of burly umpires powwowing at the edge of the field, communicating via headset with the league’s central-replay headquarters, in New York..."

"... is among the most cripplingly boring scenes ever produced by a major American sport."
Even when the replay process is swift and the outcome is correct, it is nonetheless so dull and deadening that it leaves one longing for the thrills of a pitching-coach visit to the mound, a reliever sauntering in from left field, or a batter wandering halfway from the plate to the dugout between every pitch.

20 comments:

traditionalguy said...

That quoted piece was a terrible and ignorant total BS rant about a good part of a new rule that makes baseball twice as interesting this year Was it a joke?

David said...

But they got the call right . . . .


ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

gk1 said...

This is the most depressing thing to see and a clear sign of our decay. Our country reduced to a bunch of crybaby, whiners who don't have the character to roll with a bad call. It is a cancer eating away at football too. Just let the players play, for crying out loud!!! So they got the call wrong, your team lost. That's part of the deal. You'll get a break in the other direction.

Ann Althouse said...

It's just so bad that the game is outsourced to New York. That bothers me.

campy said...

"It's just so bad that the game is outsourced to New York. That bothers me."

Obviously it would be better if matters were decided by Ivy League lawyers in D.C., like everything else is.

traditionalguy said...

The Braves are in NYC tonight playing the Mets. They took a trip to the center that views the angles and makes the rulings, and were helped in understanding how to expect it to work.

Last night a called third out on a bang bang call at first was going to be overturned on replay, but Freeman at first threw to third to get the man from second as the Fourth out. That was so new it made the man from second and the third base umpire laugh.

But the man at first was safe and an appeal would have overturned the third out...except Freeman's quick thinking fourth out became the third out.

How exciting a game can you have for Appellate Lawyers.

rhhardin said...

This never happened in the days of the telegraph.

SteveR said...

Well its better than football and confirms a long held belief that umpires get a fair number of calls wrong. Changing that is not a bad thing. Boring? Its a freakin' baseball game.

Phil 3:14 said...

It turns out reading about a controversial call and its replay review is completely boring.

john said...

They are still in a 4-year mourning period over the blown call that ruined Galarraga's perfect game. (Of course they never mourned the half dozen blown calls in the prior innings that allowed him to get to the last out of his no hitter.)

The new motto: No matter how long it takes, no matter who cares, we'll get it right or we'll call New York.

Zedediah Grimm said...

As the NHL playoffs are in full swing, I want to point out that Hockey does the same thing. Every arena has a hotline to a center in Toronto. Hockey, however has it down to a science. Want to know if a goal is good or not? Hit the hotline and moments later -- not minutes ... moments -- the correct call is made and the game goes on. When baseball and football become that efficient, I think you'll be surprised at how much more enjoyable the games are. And I say this as a lifelong sports fan.

Paul Ciotti said...

The legal profession mindset has overtaken baseball. No decision is final. Everything can be appealed. Pretty soon we will have class action lawsuits over bad calls.

Mountain Maven said...

No to all replays. Leave the human element in the game. Plus it slows down games that drag on already.

Barry Dauphin said...

Will we get replays long enough to cook Pow Wow Chow ?

NotquiteunBuckley said...

And it turns out the Avalanche kick some ass.

Hockey is superior to most any other game, partly because it was helped along the gulley of modernization by the Canadian Blacks.

Pat Patterson said...

Instant replay, the and the McCourt telenovella. We are still stuck with two of the three.

Wilbur said...

If it gets rid of the Lou Pinella/Earl Weaver 10 minute temper tantrums which used to bring games to a halt, I'm all for it.

Only a moron could enjoy watching grown men acting like a two year-old. There were actually people who argued against replay because it would this "entertainment" out of the game.

St. George said...

This happened at the Braves' opener with the Mets in Atlanta. I was there, and it made an abysmally bad game worse.

Later, after I left, the Braves' set fire to the American flag (accidentally), and Henry Aaron, hero of the pre-game show, compared Republicans to Klansmen.

Just dandy.

Tank said...

Waiting for replay sucks.

Your team losing because of a bad call that could have been reversed is worse.

donald said...

Hank broke my heart.

There can be no bridge over the division of race after that statement.

This is a man who's beyond legendary status here is partly based on his baseball ability (it went far beyond home runs) and the (I see now purported) fact that he wasn't playing that game. Generous benefactors, all white men, most republicans haveade him fabulously wealthy many times over and have treated him like a deity. And I ain't kidding about that.

Whatever happened during his playing days (and by the way, in an unguarded moment on the radio several years back he went out if his way to mention that all that was overblown) that was a long time ago. The people that were abusing him were democrats.

Fuck you Hank, you destroyed the last good part of my childhood.