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Matt Williams agrees with Anthony Rendon: baseball can be boring

Jul 18, 2014, 11:26 AM EDT


Yesterday Nats’ infielder Anthony Rendon made a lot of people smile when he said  “I don’t watch baseball — it’s too long and boring.” Today his manager was on 106.7 The Fan in Washington and talked about those comments. Short version: he gets it:

“Anthony’s just being funny. You know, baseball, when you watch it and you play it every day, can get boring. Because, you know, you’re always there in it. And when you step outside of it, it’s not easy to watch for a player.”

I can appreciate that. My brother worked at In-N-Out Burger for seven or eight years and after a year or two of it he never wanted the stuff. While I don’t get tired of baseball after reading and writing about it, I do find myself way less likely to read for pleasure in the evenings than I used to because I just read all damn day. If you get jacked up to play baseball all the time and spend all of your active hours thinking about it and doing it, I can totally see not having much patience for it in your free time.

  1. stex52 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Nobody wants to go home and do their job. He plays baseball. Watching it without being in the middle of it could get tedious.

    • Stiller43 - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      Most people dont have a job where people would pay ridiculous prices to go see them work. and watching baseball isn’t “doing his job,” playing it is. i do, however, agree it would be nice to get away from it at times though.

  2. karlkolchak - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    I gotta admit that I rarely watch a game on teevee in which I’m not also doing something else, cruising the ‘net, reading a book, folding the laundry. But being at the game is totally different. Major or minor leagues, I’m totally engaged when I’m at the stadium and get annoyed by all the distractions used to keep the casual fans entertained.

    • natstowngreg - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Agreed that they’re distractions, but I don’t let the distractions at Nats Park bother me much. Efforts to keep the casual fans (or even non-fans) entertained are good for the Nats’ financial health. In turn, helping them afford better players (if the organization does its job in identifying and developing them, of course).

      Also, even during the worst of the Phillies fan infestations, I tolerated them (sometimes, barely) because I knew they provided resources to be used to improve the Nats. [Besides, most of the Phillies fans I met were OK. I was lucky not to sit where the really obnoxious ones were.]

      • karlkolchak - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        Oh I know they have to do it. I just miss the days when teams were content to have 10,000 or so real baseball fans in the park most nights. Growing up in the Midwest, my dad used to take me to a lot of Brewers games at the old County Stadium, and as a kid I loved the dude who would go down the beer barrel slide behind the OF bleachers after every Brewers home run. Of course, that was the ONLY distraction back then and the Brewers even did away with that one for a few years.

    • NatsLady - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      I agree with this. At the game, I’m totally involved, keeping score, listening to Charlie & Dave on my headset, binoculars at the ready, with the occasional comment to the Pirates fan who sits next to me. I try to grab food before the game. At home, I’m typing, surfing, etc., because any key play will be re-played a dozen times. That’s why, to me, being AT a game is so much better than the TV experience.

      The distractions don’t bother me. If the Presidents are racing that’s my bathroom break. If they are projecting “fan” games on the video screen, I’m checking my phone for scores, or making sure my scoresheet (which I keep in multi-colors) has correct pitch counts.

  3. Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Piece of advise for the MLB.

    Chant your players name at every at bat, make a fighting themed song at every inning, make the outfield bleachers a damn partyhouse and have some people waving flags, banners or whatever and go with the flow, hot sexy cheerleaders in every end of the inning.

    The NPB has it all, except gigantic hotdogs.

    呀口语 版在!!

    • tmc602014 - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      I’m moving to Tokyo!

  4. vanmorrissey - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Just ask any SD Padre fan how boring games are for them. Year after year after year after……..

  5. wonkypenguin - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    I work as a therapist. There are days where I go home and tell my wife (who does a financial job from home with little human interaction), “No. We’re just not talking tonight.” We’re paired super well. :-)

    In any case, I never tire of baseball, but I get the sentiment. Also I chuckled at Rendon’s quote.

  6. natstowngreg - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Much as I love watching Anthony play, I’d rather be bored watching baseball. Because I play it well. So would the rest of you.

  7. thehawg - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Have cheap beer, went to a ball game in Greenville SC, they have $1 PBR’ s in a 12 oz can on Thursday nights. That was swell.

  8. proudlycanadian - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Frankly, I find basketball to be completely boring. As far as the NFL is concerned, I am not sure how anyone can stay awake watching the NY Giants play.

    • sandwiches4ever - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      As a NY Giants fan, I find I keep myself awake by yelling “What the hell are you doing, Eli?” at the TV.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:53 PM

        I guess that works.

  9. pisano - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Compared to soccer, it’s like watching 100 yard dash in under 9 seconds. Proof in the pudding, the world finals 112 minutes played, and one goal scored between two teams. I’d much rather watch grass grow, the most boring sport in the world and the Europeans can have it.

    • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      Let me guess

      You’re against it, so you find it boring?

    • jm91rs - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      It’s no different than a pitchers duel.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      Proof in the pudding, the world finals 112 minutes played, and one goal scored between two teams.

      So you’ve never watched a 2.5h 1-0 pitchers duel? This 1-0 almost perfect game by Mike Mussina (damn you crazy Carl Everett) was boring to you?

      • karlkolchak - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        Yeah, but if EVERY game was like that, pretty soon nobody would be watching. Soccer is one train that left me at the station. I just don’t get its popularity.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:23 PM

        Except every game isn’t a 1-0 score. The ’14 WC saw over 2.5 goals averaged per game.

  10. renaado - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    I don’t see a reason on why other people think Baseball is boring, it should’nt be always action packed or fast paced to make the sport entertainin… I’ve enjoyed every inning and every moment of it. I love it’s uniqueness compared to other sports, Baseball is a game that can’t be determined… There’s always surprises, late inning surprises and among many others… I really love this game of Baseball that I call life.

    If some people think it’s boring? Then it’s their own opinion.

  11. rbj1 - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    By the end of October, I welcome a break from baseball. By January 1 I’m jonesing for it again.

    • indaburg - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      It takes you that long to miss baseball? These past two days have been an abyss.

  12. dalcow4 - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:46 PM

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  13. pantherpro - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Still best game just put timing on pitch count. These morons who take 30 seconds between pitches are killing game. Just speed up game and no problem

  14. skerney - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Was it the In-N-Out in Mission Valley or the one one the 5 in PB? I ask cause I used to eat at both.

    • tmc602014 - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      One at In-N-Out forever and Craig dropped out of law school. Mr. and Mrs. wanted a set – doctor and lawyer. Now they hide their disappointment for the sake of the grandkids.

  15. khar9 - Jul 18, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Wonder if porn stars feel the same way

  16. lukedunphysscienceproject - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    I love baseball, but I would also love to see them take steps to speed up the game. I would give the pitcher 15 seconds from the time he gets the ball back from the pitcher to make his next pitch. This would also apply to the hitter. If the hitter is not ready for the pitch within 15 seconds, the pitcher can throw the ball anyway and have it called ball or strike. The batter gets one time out per at bat to step out, period. In the case of foul balls, you could make it 20 seconds.

    I would also limit the amount of times a catcher could go to the mound per inning, and the length of all mound conferences.

    VIrtually every sport has some sort of game or shot clock moving the action along. I am not saying my idea is perfect and wouldn’t need tweaking, but I think it’s a start.

    • tmc602014 - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      Lots of stuff to make things move. I’m not here to watch Fidrych talk to his glove, I want to see him toss! But the attractions of baseball have to do with all the things going on away from the ball. Lots of stuff going on before, during, after the pitch and swing. I enjoy that.
      Lot’s of good comments today. Thanks, everybody!

  17. dinofrank60 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Every sport can be boring.

  18. Manoj Chauhan - Nov 14, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    I guess a lot of times it also depends on your mood, to make the game boring a lot depends on your mood

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