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    Re: WSJ: Baseball is slow and boring

    To use a musical term, for me the enjoyment that comes from watching baseball is all about tension and release.

    Slow, calm moments followed by tension. And the repetition of that.

    Watching baseball is about having casual conversations, then quickly shutting up the second there are 2 men on, 2 outs, and the guy at the plate is locked in a duel with the pitcher.

    Then back to the conversation the second the inning is over.

    How anyone can say that's boring is beyond me.

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    Re: WSJ: Baseball is slow and boring

    Next week in this venerable WSJ series on contemporary sports:

    "Hockey is so hard to follow because you can't even see the puck!"

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    Re: WSJ: Baseball is slow and boring

    Quote Originally Posted by RedEye View Post
    Next week in this venerable WSJ series on contemporary sports:

    "Hockey is so hard to follow because you can't even see the puck!"
    Followed up by - Did you ever notice football coaches are like Generals of an army?

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    Re: WSJ: Baseball is slow and boring

    Quote Originally Posted by RedEye View Post
    Next week in this venerable WSJ series on contemporary sports:

    "Hockey is so hard to follow because you can't even see the puck!"
    "I tried watching basketball, but all I saw were men running back and forth over and over."

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    Re: WSJ: Baseball is slow and boring

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt700wlw View Post
    "By WSJ calculations, a baseball fan will see 17 minutes and 58 seconds of action over the course of a three-hour game."

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...341903720.html
    That's not a baseball fan. That's a blonde trying to get a tan in the stands.

    If I'm at a baseball game that lasts 3 hours, I see 4 hours of action, as I love the people watching, which occurs from the time you get to the area surrounding the stadium. If you go for a drink or two at a local pub, then it starts even earlier.

    A baseball game has always been a backdrop of action for an experience much larger than the game itself. Part of it is seeing that blonde that's there getting a tan.

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    Re: WSJ: Baseball is slow and boring

    Quote Originally Posted by Norm Chortleton View Post

    Something must be done to get games back in the 2:00 to 2:30 range. What? I don't know. But slow play is killing my other favorite game as well, golf.
    That's on the course management. Stay away from the slow courses. There's plenty of quality places where slow play is not allowed under any circumstances.

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    Re: WSJ: Baseball is slow and boring

    Quote Originally Posted by RadfordVA View Post
    Nfl is 12 minutes of action. The breaks in football are all unnecessary. They are just for commercials. Sometimes you will see a commercial kickoff then another commercial. At least with baseball the breaks are natural to the game.
    Always liked that Davis card in your Avatar, btw. That, and the '85 Donruss are my two favorites.

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    Re: WSJ: Baseball is slow and boring

    Hockey is the most fast-paced, actioned-packed game out there...and nobody cares.

    Baseball is only boring those those who don't know the game!

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    Re: WSJ: Baseball is slow and boring

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsBrick View Post
    Hockey is the most fast-paced, actioned-packed game out there...and nobody cares.
    I care... I care a lot

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    Re: WSJ: Baseball is slow and boring

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    I care... I care a lot
    Congrats. The few, the proud, the random hockey fan.

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    Re: WSJ: Baseball is slow and boring

    They must not consider a Joey Votto 12-pitch 5-minute at bat as action.
    There are only two seasons - Winter and Baseball.

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    Re: WSJ: Baseball is slow and boring

    Quote Originally Posted by NebraskaRed View Post
    To use a musical term, for me the enjoyment that comes from watching baseball is all about tension and release.

    Slow, calm moments followed by tension. And the repetition of that.

    Watching baseball is about having casual conversations, then quickly shutting up the second there are 2 men on, 2 outs, and the guy at the plate is locked in a duel with the pitcher.

    Then back to the conversation the second the inning is over.

    How anyone can say that's boring is beyond me.
    The game of baseball, above all others, is a social event that allows for extensive interaction. The pace and lack of a play clock enables fans to converse with each other during the game.

    I'm a baseball lifer and get as much enjoyment out of a 1-0 game as a 7-6 one. I don't concern myself with the time of the games, although I don't always make it through some West Coast games. I enjoy the fact that there is no clock, just one of the unique aspects of the game.

    If I'm at the game, I use the lulls to chat up those around me or read the score book, or hit the concession stand. If I'm at home, there's food, drink, bathroom breaks and the remote.

    The other major sports can't offer such accommodation, at least in person. The tailgate is pretty much the extent of social interaction for football, once you're in the stadium you need to scream to be heard. Basketball, hockey and soccer are similar.

    Baseball is still family friendly (for the most part), something the other sports are not. I would not dare to take young kids to an NFL game unless the seats were in a suite.

    Hardly boring if you love the game.
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    Re: WSJ: Baseball is slow and boring

    To the "baseball is boring" commoner, I smugly turn and reply, "Oh, well it IS a thinking man's game after all..."

    A very satisfying, thinly veiled insult to dole out at parties.
    Last edited by Number_Fourteen; 07-12-2013 at 03:38 PM.

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    Re: WSJ: Baseball is slow and boring

    George Will does not think baseball is boring

    http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-li...machine/n9910/

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    Re: WSJ: Baseball is slow and boring

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsBrick View Post
    Hockey is the most fast-paced, actioned-packed game out there...and nobody cares.

    Baseball is only boring those those who don't know the game!
    You clearly would have been the target audience for the follow-up WSJ article I suggested earlier in the thread.


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