Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Buerhle shuts down Dodgers in 2:05

It frustrates me how long Major League Baseball games take. The Red Sox and Yankees specialize in pushing games long past three hours, too often to the 3:20 or 3:30 mark. Last night's White Sox-Dodgers game in Dodger Stadium ran a quick 2:05, helped by the speedy White Sox starting pitcher Mark Buerhle. The Sox won 6-1. Besides foul balls that drive up pitch counts, pitchers and batters spend way too much time standing around because they're "not ready." Yes, in a short game, the home team doesn't have a chance to sell as much food and beer, or gifts in their shoppes. But viewers don't have time to sit through a 200-minute American League marathon. I don't mind a game that runs 2:30. I get antsy after that and annoyed at numerous pitching changes. Baseball should attempt to strike a balance between revenue and boredom.

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