Oops, missed one

There are 2,430 major-league baseball games every season, and each and every one of them requires a minimum of 51 outs. I’d tend to expect that some of those hundred thousand calls will be blown: we’re only human, after all.

So I can see the point being made here:

[I]s instant replay still an absolute, unavoidable, must-have-immediately necessity for baseball to maintain any integrity for its fans? I still question that, and would resist it deeply, if I were in any position to influence it. I bow to the fact that a whole lot of my (me, being baseball) fans are addicted to the 21st century electronic crack of Twitter and Facebook, and these people probably spend a decent amount of money to support my league and its teams.

But do we need to change the fabric of the game, just to satisfy a few shrieking maniacs, who are generally watching at home on a 46″ HD-capable flat-screen with six different camera angles beamed at super-slow-mo right into their laps? I said no, and I still say no.

This is, I suspect, more of an issue at the actual ball park, where you have one angle, based on where you sit, and they may or may not put up the replay on the Jumbotron or whatever.

Still, they’ve been messing with the fabric ever since American League pitchers were told they didn’t have to bat anymore, and I can’t imagine them stopping now.

1 comment

  1. fillyjonk »

    30 August 2011 · 11:07 am

    I think this actually also addresses a larger philosophical question (which I’ve mostly seen hashed and rehashed in academic fora): How much do we decide to ‘cater’ to a generation hooked on instant gratification? If the students demand Powerpoint slides and access to course materials on BlackBoard or WebCT, must we give it them? If textbooks are deemed “outmoded” by some districts and replaced by e-readers or books-on-laptop, is that where the universities must go?

    (Laptops in class with open wireless Internet access: I tend to think, “Nothing good can come of that.”)

    I guess I come down on the side of “no.”

    I dunno; I’m not a big sports fan and as much as I ever experience baseball, it’s listening to it on the radio. And I like that because it has kind of a timelessness about it…and I like how the commentators can sit and talk about the weather or their golf game when nothing is happening, and then immediately shift over to doing play-by-play when something happens. I’m not sure how instant replay would affect the radio style, if at all, but I’d kind of hate to see it change too much.

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