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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."


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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:54 pm

Teixeira says length of games 'brutal'

He's right.  Baseball is one game I don't pay to see. I've followed for a very long time and love the Tigers but it's wayyyyy too long.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:52 pm

Teixeira says length of games 'brutal'

Absolutely agree.

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