Friday, April 9, 2010

Week In Review

Any week that ends with more wins than losses is a good one. Cookies for [almost] everyone! [Not so fast Jon Rauch. No cookies for you.] Delmon and J.J. can split the extra cookie.

A cookie also goes to my personal front-runner for Man of the Year, Umpire Joe West, who has suffered ridicule and chastising for pointing out that the Emperors Have No Clothes (or at least they're too slow putting the clothes on). I have long whined about how the Red Sox and Yankees can play as slow as they want. My mother and I have a theory that their slow play is designed for maximum potential face-time...we call it Ego Lag time.

If everyone was allowed to get away with such pokey play, that'd be one thing. (I'd probably stop watching most games...but at least it'd be fair.) But remember this day? Brendan Harris called for time, was denied without knowing it, and a pitch sailed a little too close for comfort to his unsuspecting head. Gardenhire complained, and was fined for a Pace of Game violation. The ump in that game was more than willing to compromise the safety of our player to keep the game moving, but regular 9-inning games between the Red Sox and Yankees are considered short if they last 4 hours? Gimme a break.

Papelbon made some comment about how their games are like a movie that's so good you wish it could last forever. Excuse me while I barf a little. First of all, there is no such thing as a movie that is so good you want it to last 4 hours. There are movies that are so good, you tolerate a 3.5 hour runtime...but they are few and far between. Secondly, that's a pretty generous self-assessment. You're no Gone With the Wind, Jonathan. Great long movies are chock full of interesting plot, not watching pitchers and catchers chitchat, or Derek Jeter call time before every single pitch.

So, kudos to you Joe West. Selig may not be happy with you right now, but welcome to my Christmas Card List!

9 comments:

bteichr said...

While I agree with his comment, he is also part of the problem. As has been stated in numerous other reactions to his comments, pace of play would be faster if the umpires (especially Mr West) would call strikes according to the actual strike zone.

Sarah said...

Sure, that might help, but it doesn't account for why it's only the Red Sox and the Yankees who play those godawful long slow games. They don't narrow the strike zone just for those two teams. The umps play a part, but the majority of the blame in that scenario lies with the teams.

bteichr said...

Don't get me wrong, I don't think that would solve the problem with the Red Sox and Yankees. They have their own issues which you pointed out. But calling the strike zone correctly will make for better paced games across baseball, and that can only be a good thing. Also, it makes Joe West a little bit of a hypocrite to call out those teams when he is part of the problem with the pace of play.

Sarah said...

I guess you can consider him a hypocrite if you want...I'm sure there are other hypocrites I send christmas cards to as well It's kind of an ad hominem fallacy though. Whether he's part of the problem or not, what he said is true. Doesn't change the outcome of the argument. I still heart him.

Sarah said...

Nevermind...I take that all back. I want this guy to umpire (and CJ to pitch...obviously.)

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if National TV coverage would cause a longer playing time? It seems every Yankee/Boston game is on ESPN. Since they seem to think its the only rivalry anyone would want to watch, they probably get some extra for the advertising.

paulsrandomstuff said...

I agree with West, and I'm happy to hear somebody taking the Yankees and Red Sox to task for the marathon games.

But I'm part of the crowd that wishes the umps would call the strikes according to the rulebook to move things along faster.

Baseball Prints said...

You gotta love Joe West. The guy has such a valid argument. It it so annoying to watch the Yanks and Sox square off. I am glad he finally said something, because we were all thinking it.

windfall said...

I'm a follower of your blog (always entertaining - Thank You)...
I know it's late and off-topic, but I thought you might enjoy this interesting sentence to read from Charlie Waters on TwinCities.com: "Fan favorite Jacque Jones hit a home run in his first game last week for the Twins' Rochester Red Wings against Boof Bonser and the Pawtucket Red Sox."