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    Saturday, May 26, 2012

    Bud Selig Thinks Instant Replay Is Some Newfangled Passing Fad, Or Something

    Bud Selig apparently doesn’t think replay is that pressing, because no one he talks to has been pushing him for it.

    Now, I know what everyone is thinking: this is the part where I virulently attack Bud Selig for having his head up a place where the sun don’t shine. (Greenland in winter, to be specific. If you were wondering.) However, I think he absolutely definitely has a point. Nobody wants replay in baseball. If they do, they have completely, totally silent on it. I can’t remember the last time I saw an article talking about how baseball needed instant replay. Googling “instant replay” and “baseball” yields absolutely no results. Besides, bad calls in baseball never happen. Ever. There’s definitely not any sort of solution that would get the calls right in a timely fashion, like a fifth umpire in the booth reviewing every play and signaling to the field if he notices an easily-fixable mistake.

    And in any case, part of what I like about the game of baseball is that it’s like a three-way struggle between two teams and a third party that’s supposed to be an impartial arbitrator. It reminds me of The Iliad, what with the two warring sides and the Greek gods siding with one or the other to change what happens. Isn’t that why we have umpires in the first place? To offer a third choice to root for in the event that you don’t like either team playing?

    On an unrelated note, this confirms my longtime suspicion that Bud Selig interacts entirely with imaginary friends.

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