As the Boston Red Sox celebrate by going worst to first and winning
their 3rd World Series Title in the last 10 years there are some
rumblings by baseball bloggers that the grand old game needs a facelift.
That it is too slow, too long, too boring for today's society of
attention span deprived zombies. I call bulls#*t. The game is fine.
at-bat in playoff games is meaningful and when a team like the Red Sox
grinds out at-bats, taking pitch after pitch to wear down the opposing
pitcher, the tension is palpable. And if you are not entertained by that
then that's on you. These games, while not mistake free, certainly were
entertaining and not just to fans of the two teams. The tv ratings have
never been higher and grew from each series to the next. And that's
with many of the games on Fox, who believe that shots of the fans are
more important than what's on the field. We missed seeing the pickoff of
Kolton Wong to end a game because the camera's were focused on the
stands. The games are the thing...the players are the thing...everything
else is (or should be) secondary.
in Sports Illustrated this week is suggesting a major change to the
game to make it more"exciting". He suggests that once a game managers
would be able to designate a 'bonus at-bat" so that they could send
their best hitter to the plate even if it wasnt his time to bat. The
thinking being that guys like David Ortiz would bat in the most critical
situations. At first blush the idea might hold some excitement but to
my way of thinking it would take a major plus away...the idea that at
anytime some unlikley hero could emerge. If this radical idea was
implemented there would have been no Al Weis...no Buddy Biancalana...no
David Freese...none of the unlikely heroes of playoffs past.