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It’s “play ball!”

Not “replay ball”

Major League Baseball has decided to add instant replay beginning in 2014, this is a sacrilege to baseball purists.

“You’re missin’ a good game, ump” and similar retorts are fun-loving and sometimes not-so-fun-loving insults we shout at the men in blue. It’s a part of Americana!

Adding instant replay to America’s pastime is like taking the “Uncle” out of Uncle Sam or the “Mom” out of Mom’s apple pie. It’s almost un-American, for goodness sake.

Arguments between umpires and managers/players have been a part of the game since its inception. What could relieve stress more than yelling at that poor soul in blue?

What will be next?

In 2016, will they put a time limit on the only game that doesn’t have one?

In 2018, will they have offensive and defensive teams as football does?

Maybe, we should get it over with and use robots. Aren’t our lives filled with enough technology? Let something stay pure. Keep the human element.

What’s lost in all of this is the fact that the umps are usually right.

Major League Baseball is trying to kill a flea with an ax. Let things as they are and boo to your heart’s content; it’s good for what ails you.

John Mihalchik Sr.



John Mihalchik Jr.


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