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OK, I'll stop complaining about game times now

Apr 7, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

Why? Because people have been complaining for years.

(thanks to Howie B. for the link)

  1. Drew - Apr 7, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    How about from now on instead of complaining about game durations, you just mention that the game left you feeling buncoed, and we’ll know what you meant. I think everyone will enjoy that.

  2. YankeesfanLen - Apr 7, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    By crackie, back in my day, if you went for a hot dog, you missed the game!
    Captcha: two biscuits- Should be able to bake up a batch by the 7th inning, and we don’t need no high-falutin’ Kate Smith

  3. gumbercules - Apr 7, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Buncoed? Celerity? This chap would’ve fit right in with your nickelodeon themed ATH below…

  4. jimbeetle - Apr 7, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Dilatory, celerity, and yes, buncoed — and the captcha throws in “declaims.”
    (Captcha still looks too much like an ad, should look more like a, hmmm, captcha.)

  5. Charles Gates - Apr 7, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Buncoed = my new favorite word.

  6. ecp - Apr 7, 2010 at 12:00 PM

    It’s a far cry different to complain about a 3:48 game than one that runs 2:20. You have my permission to keep complaining.

  7. Jonny5 - Apr 7, 2010 at 12:01 PM

    That person would be throwing a temper tantrum if they had to sit through a bosox Yankee game today…..

  8. No clock in baseball - Apr 7, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Actually, there is no diference in this complaint. Maybe a difference in perspective and reasoning. But it’s still a complaint that is about “I think baseball should last ‘this long'” and it doesn’t.
    I wish people can just critique the things they don’t like that make the game longer, rather than giving a blanket “The game is too long”.

  9. ecp - Apr 7, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    I realize that, absent perspective, there really is no difference (hey, I’m sure they were complaining about ticket prices back then too); but as a data cruncher/analyst/estimator, to me, actuals are more germane to the argument than perceived actuals.

  10. DXMachina - Apr 7, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    What was funny to me as a Dodger fan were his allegations that scores of Giant fans (presumably, since it was the Polo Grounds) were leaving in the 7th and 8th inning.
    I checked Retrosheet for the Tuesday before June 3, 1905, but alas they don’t have the box score. However, what the letter writer fails to mention is that that particular Tuesday was Memorial Day, and the game he attended was part of a doubleheader. I can only imagine his dismay to find out he had to sit through not one, but two lengthy games. The Dodgers and Giants split the doubleheader.

  11. RichardInDallas - Apr 7, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    I don’t know about you all, but when I pay $80 for a ticket, another $80 for my kid’s ticket, $20 to park, $7 for a beer and $5 for a hot dog, I’ve about blown my budget for the WHOLE DAY. Let it take 4 or 5 or 6 hours. If I didn’t really love it, I wouldn’t be there, but I am…

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