And he’s getting paid to be there. Teixeira told the New York Times:
“It’s brutal. I can’t stand playing a nine-inning game in four hours. It’s not baseball. I don’t even know how to describe it. If I was a fan, why would I want to come watch people sitting around and talking back and forth, going to the mound, 2-0 sliders in the dirt? Four-hour games can’t be fun for a fan, either.”
It’s no secret that I love baseball and the five-hour, fourteen inning Rancho Cucamonga game I went to last week was one of the best ballpark experiences I’ve ever had. But even I have trouble finding the free time/consciousness necessary to withstand the average Red Sox-Yankees affair. There is no easy solution as it is one part advertisers, one part excellent hitters who work the count, and one part necessary bullpen moves because of the aforementioned hitters.
Josh Beckett is one of the worst offenders during these games and Jeff Sullivan takes a look into what he does with all of that time. It’s required reading.