As baseball season gets underway, fans, players, managers and umpires are faced with the specter of the game becoming both faster and slower thanks to the new instant replay rules that have been put in effect for the first time.
Part of the fun of the game is watching a manager argue with an umpire who he feels made a bad call. It's exciting to see a manager thrown out of a ball game. It's one of the things that gets fans "up" in a game. With Instant Replay it becomes a much calmer, less exciting game.
Back in September, while most of the football-watching world was worrying about replacement refs, I felt the league's decision to review all turnovers automatically had slipped undeservingly under the radar. So what happened in 2012?
The limitations of the instant replay rules were seriously questioned after a blown call by umpire Jim Joyce at first base. But the protests have since died down. That is unfortunate, because it is time for instant replay to expand.
The egregious mistakes made by World Cup field officials are far more insufferable than the incessant vuvuzelas. These kinds of errors, made while the world is watching, can be both embarrassing and dangerous.
As awful as it was seeing Raul Valdes give up a walk-off grand slam on Wednesday night, I think it's fair to say that most of baseball's attention was focused on Armando Galarraga and his near-perfect game.