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Teixeira says length of games 'brutal'

Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:29 pm
 
Mark TeixeiraBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Bravo Mark Teixeira!

Here's what the Yankees first baseman had to say about the infamous four-hour Yankees-Red Sox games in 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?"

While Tuesday's game took 3 hours and 59 minutes, Wednesday's game was played in a relatively speedy 3 hours, 16 minutes (even with Josh Beckett on the mound). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since 2003 the typical American League game has lasted 169.7 minutes. This year the Yankees and Red Sox have needed an averaged of 204.4 minutes per game -- their second shortest average of the last six seasons.

Joe Girardi, of course, went with the typical, "I think if people didn't like them, we wouldn't be on ESPN and Fox and MLB." Well, Joe, that's more because of the uniform than what's done in the uniform. 

Take it away, Mark:

"I love baseball, but I also love the National League," Teixeira said. "If it was a three-hour game, you were like, 'Man, this game is long.' Crisp games, pitchers throw strikes, go after hitters. These four-hour games are ridiculous."

Amen.

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 20, 2011 10:01 pm
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Since: Aug 3, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2011 9:54 am
 

Teixeira says length of games 'brutal'

What a surprise that the longest games are the marquee Red Sox - Yankees games.  Cashing in is all.

Teixeira is absolutely right and only haters would fault him for it.  Teixeira is hardly a crybaby.  If he was, he'd be whining about getting HBP in consecutive games vs the Red Sox.  It'd be a valid complaint too, just like his comments about 4 hour games. 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Teixeira says length of games 'brutal'

there's no crying in baseball you pansy!!  boo-hoo it's soo hard to stand around for 4 hours and also to sit on me bum.  waaaa!  try playing 3 rugby matches at a tournament in one day, then come talk to me about how hard it is to play baseball for 4 hours...



Since: Aug 23, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Teixeira says length of games 'brutal'

Blame Beckett, he pitches a tent on the mound, pretty sure he's got a toilet and a mini-fridge out there too.



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Teixeira says length of games 'brutal'

4 hrs. is good, that means I only paid 10.00 per hour to park my car instead of 13.33 per. 

Ridiculous.......  If the fans didn't like it, they wouldn't come.

Why would a player bitch about this, that's because he's salary and not hourly.  If they were payed by the hour, the pitcher would pick his nose, scratch his nuts and ass, smell the grass and say a prayer between pitches..... The batter would undo and redo his gloves 6 times, adjust his cup, spit 12 times and kiss his bat between pitches......  Then he'd hit a Homerun and take 12 minutes to get around the bases......

Hey Tex!  Have you ever called time out while in the box?  Yeah?!  Then STFU until you yourself never slow the game down!



Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Teixeira says length of games 'brutal'



Bearish,

Really?  A guy who has filled himself on 2 hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts and beer in the first 2 1/2 hours, will decide that he will have another couple of hot dogs and some nachos because the game will last another hour.

I'm not buyin' it.



Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:37 pm
 

Teixeira says length of games 'brutal'

I work 10 hour days....boo hoo



Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:29 pm
 

Teixeira says length of games 'brutal'

Those big $ teams - like the Red Sox and Yankees - are making a TON of extra dough on these long games. The stands are packed in both of their parks with fans that are continuing to eat and drink and at $5 for a hot dog and $8 for a beer, these two teams are filling their pockets. Don't believe for a second that it's not about $$$. It is always about $$$ and these two teams will not speed up their games as long as the stands are full and the concession lines are long.



Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Teixeira says length of games 'brutal'

Preach it, Brother Mark.


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