The pigskins have been put away for the winter…the NBA is in full throttle (I actually think for the average fan…the chaos of free agency and the feeding frenzy of the trade deadline are the lifeblood until the playoffs…but I digress), regular season hockey is for the passionate, diehard, frenetic fans who beat on the glass and their neighbors in the blue seats…and then along comes pitchers and catchers. On their way to Florida, where they begin to dust off the rust in a very leisurely pace…what?…the pace of the game is too slow?…we need to address this ASAP or the millennials who don’t care now will have kids who won’t care and where do we go and are we destined the become extinct like ‘Toys R Us’?
In an era when faster is better, when the three-ball is king, when esports have not only their own league but college scholarships, when you can never have enough action in any sport at any time…there’s baseball. Just movin’ along. No clock…no time limit…extra innings till the shift change at the security desk at the Empire State Building…the game built on time standing still. Until now, when the powers that be, both in the league offices and the players union, are trying to speed up a game not built for speed and advance it into the modern era. Good luck. I would love to see the DH in both leagues…but that just means more hitters, more runs, more time. A pitch clock…can’t pitch to only one batter, limit the mound visits, etc. etc. Did we mention instant replay? Seventeen men donning headsets to listen to a third party tell them whether the call was ‘Deal…or no deal.’
And so the game built for summer, when the sky is blue, the air is warm…and maybe you can put away the gloves and boots for a few weeks…wants to appeal to the young folk. Before it’s too late. It’s a noble venture. And I applaud the effort. But unless you say 35 minutes for the first three innings, 45 for the middle three and maybe an hour for the final three…the game will amble along at its own pace. Which at the end of the century, may turn the ballpark on River Avenue into Jurassic Park.
But right now…I just hope Judge is feeling good!
I think going forward, if you’re going to give Belichick two weeks to prepare, you need to spot the other team a quarter.
If you’re a fan of journalism, great piece on HBO on Breslin and Hamill.
Just curious…exactly how did LeBron think this season was going to go?
There is no greater lightning rod for sports talk than the young man they call Zion.
I thought MSG was ‘The Garden of Dreams’?
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