Bravo Mark Teixeira!
"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."
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