Turns out you can watch video with the radio announcer overlaid. I just tried it. Seems to work.
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Even before you take into account that they’re blood rivals, these games are match-ups that baseball fans should look forward to. And they played a couple of great games, too.
At the turn of the millennium, there weren't a lot of options for sports websites. ESPN.com was pretty much the only game in town. They covered the minor leagues excellently (with John Sickels) and had regular columns on the analytical side of baseball (with some jerk who faded into obscurity), so it was one-stop shopping for baseball coverage.
Maybe so, didn't see them. Did notice this from the box score of Sunday's game, though. Runs scored: 5. Time of game: 4:15. Granted it was 10 innings, but still, that's sllllllooooowwwww, even by Red Sox-Yanks standards.
Time of game: 4:15. Granted it was 10 innings, but still, that's sllllllooooowwwww, even by Red Sox-Yanks standards.
Beckett was unbearably slow.
I wonder if, despite the higher ratings, it ultimately does the sport a disservice for these two clubs to be their two biggest attractions.
From a television perspective, it is the best possible outcome.
They sell more commercial elements than a normal game would give them room to air. They're called "bonus breaks", and only pay up if they air. So long games with lots of pitching changes mean more money.
Would you rather have the players hurry up and perform ineptly?
I'm in favor of eliminating all of it. Keep the batter in the box and the pitcher on the mound. Keep the catcher behind the plate. Get the ball, throw the ball, repeat. No one wants to see your OCD batting glove nonsense, or your need to mentally recite the alphabet backward before every pitch. It makes sense to take (a little) more time in a key game situation, but if the batter's dancing around the home plate area on a 1-0 count with no one on, and the catcher's wandering back and forth like some old guy at the mall looking for the Orange Julius... enough.
The people who take the effort to complain this loudly fascinate me. It’s like sitting across from someone at a restaurant who keeps sticking his tongue in an open salt shaker and saying, “Gaah, this salt is all salty!” You don’t like the feeling of a tongue covered in salt? Keep your damned tongue out of there. That’s a useful maxim, regardless of context. And the principle holds true with Yankees/Red Sox games. Feel like they get too much coverage from the sites you frequent? The shows you watch? Frequent different sites. Watch different shows.
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