The New Year was ushered in around the world with some pretty major firework displays, in fact I’d have to say the ball dropping in New York was pretty lame compared to most of the other events around the world.
If you didn’t notice I managed to get ‘New York’ and ‘lame’ in the first paragraph of the new year, I am sure there will be some replays of that as the year gets into full swing. We are still in wind up mode at the moment with spring training still a few weeks away and most getting their resolutions out of the way. It may be that some confuse resolutions with wish lists though, doesn’t matter how you word it, if your trying to get someone else to do something that you want to happen, that’s wishful thinking not a resolution.
One such ‘wishful thinking resolution’ I have seen and heard is the desired introduction of added replay abilities on critical baseball plays, similar to the current home run replay, but used in a wider variety of plays.
It’s obvious that last year the fatal error by Jim Joyce sparked a more wide spread call for the added replays, but is it really in the best interest of the game.
As I see it the cry for more replays is lead by those that have enjoyed technology their whole lives, people that had video games as the toy of choice as they grew up, as kids their parents had a tendency to use the television as a method to keep their kids in one place so they could do their thing.
There is no question that the error by Jim Joyce would have been corrected following a review, but it is deemed critical because it was at the end of the game and it prevented another perfect game, but would the calls for replay have come if the game was a 21-0 blow out, my guess is no, it would have been just another one of those entries of umpires screwing up with no major effect.
Adding more replays for the umpires to review would create more questions, especially if they still got the call wrong as happened a couple of times during the 2010 season. I say to those wanting more replay reviews, get over it, the human touch of umpires screwing up is part of the game.
Use your ‘resolution’ for something more constructive, like ‘screaming a little more’ at the umpires when they screw up instead of complaining there’s no replay….