How to watch baseball

Abner Doubleday invented baseball in 1839.   It became known as America’s favorite pass time.   As San Francisco and Texas are playing the first game of this year’s World Series, baseball is no longer my favorite sport to watch in real time.   There’s too much non-action.   For example, most of the batters step out of the box to adjust their gloves, spit or other suff that delays the game.  Pitchers also slow the action.   For the past few years, I’ve speeded up the action using my TIVO recorder.    I wait about an hour after the game has started to begin watching.    I fast forward past all the preliminaries  partially designed to give the announcers  face time and list those superfluous keys to the game.    The TIVO has 3 speeds faster than real time.   By using the first one, you can watch and clearly understand what’s happening without the irritation of the delays.   If something really grabs your attention, you can back up and watch it in real time.   On the other hand, if you have limited time to watch, you can go to the second or third gear…stopping to watch in real time only when you see the score change.  This works for me, but I suspect that are others who enjoy the glove adjustments, pitchers meditating between pitches…. and spitting.

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