Originally Posted by RedsManRick
I'd compare it to sticking to cassettes instead of CDs because something about analogue is more real than digital.
The game is the band, the umpires are simply the thing which let you hear the band. You might as well get as good as quality a recording as possible, so that you detract from the quality of the band itself.
Sure, some people will have some emotional attachment to their cassettes (or 45s or 8 tracks), but that doesn't mean it's better.
Cassettes were digitally mastered, too.
A more apt comparison is live human performance vs. processed performance. Like seeing a play versus seeing a filmed version of the play.
And yes, the players are the one's whose performance is the most interesting by far. But the umpires, especially the home plate umpire, also perform. I like the fact that they can potentially screw up. It adds drama to the game.