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!