If we needed any extra proof as to why baseball is boring, let me point to three pieces of recent empirical evidence:
1. During their eighth straight loss (all at home), the Seattle Mariners’ Ken Griffey Jr. fell asleep in the clubhouse DURING the eighth inning.
2. During extra innings between the NY Mets and SF Giants, All-Star Keith Hernandez fell asleep in the commentator’s booth. Even a baseball player can’t stay awake watching a game.
3. Dallas Braden of the Oakland Athletics pitched a “perfect game” (as far as baseball stats go, I guess) – only the 19th time a MLB pitcher has done so. Why is such an exciting event evidence of the sport’s ennui? Only 12,228 people were in “official” attendance when he did so – that is roughly a third of the capacity of the Oakland Coliseum when configured for baseball.
So for all the hoopla over America’s Pastime, it’s clearly become America’s Naptime. Maybe they should consider cutting about half of the games out of the 162-game season. Really, how many times do you need to face an opponent to determine the best team? Maybe stadiums should get rid of the clubhouses and other snooze zones for players. You know, I doubt you’ll see any sleeping this summer during the World Cup.
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