MRS. ROBINSON lyrics by: Paul Simon 1968, Album: The Graduate, Artist: Simon & Garfunkel
Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon
Going to the candidates debate
Laugh about it, shout about it
When you've got to choose
Ev'ry way you look at it, you lose
Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio
A nation turns its lonely eyes to you (Woo, woo, woo)
What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson
Joltin' Joe has left and gone away
(Hey, hey, hey...hey, hey, hey)
October 28, 2015 a one party presidential debate months before the first caucus or primary had more television viewers than the Royals 7-1 victory over the Mets in Kansas City in game two of the finals, which will end no later than five days from today. The debate was on cable channel CNBC during the baseball game, which was on Fox.
Nice work, new commissioner Manfred, the A-Rod Slayer. Maybe you could fail a little more on making the batters stay in the freakin' batter's box, you know, when they are supposed to be batting.
Someone actually told me yesterday that KC starter Johnny Cueto was quick pitching the Mets. Say what? Maybe Cueto was simply pitching quickly or what now looks like quickly compared to most pitchers wandering around waiting for the batters to return from wandering around. The candidates standing for the entire debate does look a lot like fielders standing and waiting to be tested by batted balls, which occur less frequently than ever. I guess the candidates generated more action, if not actual movement.
Joltin' Joe DiMaggio hit in 56 consecutive games during the 1941 season and struck out only 13 times. Let's look at games times against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series for that iconic season.
1941 World Series (4-1): New York Yankees (101-53) over Brooklyn Dodgers (100-54)
Wednesday, October 1, 1941, Yankee Stadium I
Attendance: 68,540, Time of Game: 2:08 - home team did not bat in 9th
Yankees 3, Dodgers 2
Thursday, October 2, 1941, Yankee Stadium I
Attendance: 66,248, Time of Game: 2:31
Dodgers 3, Yankees 2
Saturday, October 4, 1941, Ebbets Field
Attendance: 33,100, Time of Game: 2:22
Yankees 2, Dodgers 1
Sunday, October 5, 1941, Ebbets Field
Attendance: 33,813, Time of Game: 2:54
Yankees 7, Dodgers 4
Monday, October 6, 1941, Ebbets Field
Attendance: 34,072, Time of Game: 2:13
Yankees 3, Dodgers 1
The longest 1941 game matches the relative swiftness of game two in 2015. Game one in 2015 was 5:09 for 14 innings. Even allowing for television commercials in 2015, it's the slow pace that is the issue.
Baseball pace of play is killing the once great game.