The ticking clock
Perhaps some day this week, either Sheinin or I will be able to write a story about a game that actually makes it into the newspaper.
Here's Dave's story about Game 2 of the ALCS, which took 5 hours, 14 minutes. Yet here is an image of the front of the Post sports section from Sunday (the $.150 edition). No ALCS. Didn't end in time. Sheinin wrote only for that crazy World Wide Web, then probably had about 45 minutes to sleep before catching a flight to Cleveland. This story about Livan Hernandez had to stay on the front of the section.
Eleven innings that takes 5:14 comes out to an average of 28-1/2 minutes per inning. A half an hour per inning, basically.
Game 2 of the NLCS was also 11 innings. It took a breezy 4:26 -- or just over 24 minutes per inning.
By baseball's rules, there is supposed to be only 20 seconds between pitches. That rule is being violated, and it's hurting the game, no doubt. These games provide too many opportunities for people to change the channel. Get the ball, step back on the rubber, and make a pitch. I implore you.
Does all this affect you're enjoyment of the playoffs?
Later: Lineups and news from Coors Field. It's raining here in Denver right now, and it's going to be cool/cold tonight. Might be a rain delay -- before a 4-hour game, no doubt.
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