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Heather’s Hit List-MLB Instant Replay
Heather’s Hit List-MLB Instant Replay

Instant replay in Major League Baseball isn’t working. Games already drag on way too long with too many pitching changes and so much scratching, spitting and adjusting it makes an OCD patient look normal. Some players can’t even step into the batter’s box without performing a ritual of various tics, equipment adjustments and spitting. “Must step in and out of white line 4 times while touching batting gloves 3 times and tapping bat on ground twice. Spit six times. Oops….mixed that up. Must start all over again.”

Now we’ve added instant replay into the mix. Umpires must love it, because all it’s done is prove they get the call right pretty much all the time. I was watching a Cubs game last week and saw a routine play at second reviewed because the visiting manager questioned the tag. I can see why he’d be skeptical, since the umpire’s face was TWO FEET away from second base. Every replay WGN showed didn’t have a great view of the play in question because the umpire was in the way. If I’m at the game, I LOVE instant replay. Hey, more time to order beer and get a Chicago Dog! But watching it from home, I wanted to throw a brick through the TV.

The idea for instant replay was hatched after umpire Jim Joyce blew a call that cost Detroit’s Armando Galarraga a perfect game in 2010. If plays were reviewed only for huge, potentially game-changing plays…I get it. Jim Joyce would be the first guy who would want to correct that call. But I don’t think anyone wants to see routine plays being constantly reviewed.

I mean, if you watch enough baseball and get used to EVERYTHING being put under a microscope, what’s next? Screaming for a replay to see if your buddy Bob stepped over the line at the bowling alley? Calling for another look at the car wash to see who scratched your car? “Honey, let’s look at dinner again and see when exactly you burned the lasagna”. “You never listen to me anymore! Oh yes I do, let’s look at the replay of that argument!”

Baseball, you’re doing this all wrong. I love me some baseball, and cold beer, and the crack of the bat. But not for four hours or more!! Stop it already!


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About Maxwell Maxwell is celebrating 34 years in radio with more than 25 years "On-The-Air" in Des Moines! His familiar voice & face grace local, regional and national radio and TV advertising, and his passion for theater has been displayed as both actor and director at Stagewest Theater Company and the Playhouse in Des Moines, where he was honored with a 2012 Playhouse "Legend" Award. He is an avid hockey fan, manning the microphone for 18 seasons as P.A. announcer for the Des Moines Buccaneers. Email Maxwell

About Pam Pam Dixon has been a familiar voice to central Iowans for over 30 years. A Beaverdale native & Hoover High graduate, Pam has to pinch herself that she’s working for the radio station she grew up listening to in Des Moines! Pam was formerly heard on KRNQ (Q-102) and KLYF in the 80’s and 90’s before being lured back to the biz by KIOA! As a breast cancer survivor, Pam is active with the Susan G. Komen Iowa Foundation and Bras for the Cause. Email Pam

About Heather Heather Burnside's quest to be on every radio & TV station in Des Moines has (hopefully!) come to an end with her latest stop at KIOA. Heather started at WHO-TV as a sportscaster, moved on to ESPN as an associate producer, and got into radio when she moved back to Iowa after two years of stalking celebrities and athletes on the East Coast. She doesn't want to talk about how she’s old enough to have a 20 year broadcasting career, instead preferring to believe she’s managed to cram all of that excitement & a 13 year radio career into one decade. Heather is very glad Pam is back, she’s like the big sister she never had. After discovering Max is a nice guy who can cook, sing, play guitar, & hit a golf ball a mile, she figures it’ll take that long to find something he isn't good at. Email Heather