Today’s Wall Street Journal includes an exposé of major league baseball that has nothing to do with steroids. An average baseball game, the article “Play Ball….Please” indicates, lasts 2 hours and 58 minutes, of which only about 18 minutes contains any action at all. Maybe that is an additional reason why it can be excruciating to watch a New York Mets game on television. You can read the Journal article here.
You may have noticed that the United States Golf Association has declared war on golf’s own problem with “slow play” –- some would say “finally” -- enlisting the likes of Arnold Palmer, Annika Sorenstam and other
Golfers will find that depressing, especially those “rabbits” who storm the pro shop after a 4 ½ hour round to complain about slow play. But ponder the following as you are strolling down some lush green fairway toward your tee shot a couple hundred yards away: Would you prefer to be playing golf or playing right field for some intramural team? At least when we golfers line up a 12-foot putt for par a good four or five minutes after our blast out of the bunker, having waited for our playing partners to line up their own birdie, par or bogey putts, and we eventually do strike the ball, at least we are not at a complete standstill, hand and glove on knee, waiting for a ball that may never come.