I’m going to my baseball minor league tryouts today. Wish me luck! I’m trying out for second base.
Tom Gatto takes goal at the WBC extra inning guideline that decided the 4-3 Puerto Rico make an impression on holland. In the 11th both groups started with males on initial and second, accompanied by a sacrifice and an intentional walk. The Dutch strike into a dual play, while Puerto earned on a sacrifice fly (emphasis added):
Formulaic. Inorganic. Ugly.
Suddenly, the drama was no longer steadily building. No longer was it a true test of wills. The teams had to wrap up this thing – never mind that of the 27 nine-inning games in this tournament, only three have been played in under three hours, which is to say, pace-of-play dictates have been largely ignored.
The game is moving away from the sacrifice, but let’s create a situation where teams are going to use it. Teams are moving away from the intentional walks, but let’s create a situation where teams are going to use it.
I attended boring, extra-inning games. I remember one where Mike Smithson came in and tossed to first about a million times. I would gladly suffer through those to get the 1986 NLCS Game six.