06/10/2013 08:45 am ET

Why Do Baseball Games Take So Long? - The Boston Globe


Dig. Dig, dig, dig. Dig, dig.

Mike Napoli’s right foot cuts into the dirt in the back of the batter’s box, creating an ever-deepening trench the Red Sox first baseman uses for his stance.

In a single night, that digging will account for 39.5 seconds over four at-bats, and for 1 minute and 18 seconds over a three-game series against the Blue Jays last month.

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