I was wrong. As the clock neared 5, the game, with Kansas City leading 4-3, only was through four innings. I didn’t have a clock on it, but I’d bet there was an average of 30-40 seconds between pitches.
I texted my friend Ira: “You could play an entire World Cup game in the time it took to play four innings.”
Ira responded: “Yes, but the score in the soccer game would be 0-0.”
Well, Ira has a point there.
At least there is some scoring in baseball. And there’s no denying that 3 of the 4 games over the weekend had great finishes.
But they also were ridiculously long.
Game 1: Kansas City 8, Baltimore 6, 10 innings. Time: 4:37
Game 2: Kansas City 6, Baltimore 4. Time: 4:17
Game 1: San Francisco 3, St. Louis 0. Time: 3:23
Game 2: St. Louis 5, San Francisco 4. Time: 3:41.
I know, I’m going to be accused again of not being a “true baseball fan.” A true fan doesn’t care how long the game goes if it is terrific, right?
The problem is, not everyone is a “true” fan who has hours to spend watching baseball. You had two ALCS games that took more than four hours to play nine innings. Even a 3-0 game in Game 1 of NLCS went 3:23. That’s not exciting. It’s tedious.
Once again, I’m going to cite my son as an example of how baseball is losing the young fan. When I told him I wanted to watch Game 2 Saturday, he moaned, squirmed and finally said, “This is really boring.” He went downstairs to watch college football.
My point is: Baseball can have it both ways. It can have great games that also move at a decent pace. These games really shouldn’t be taking more than three hours.
Clearly, it isn’t going to happen this year. If you had to bet on the over-under for tonight’s KC-Baltimore game at 4 hours, what would you take?
I think you know my answer.