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By jank - Last updated: Thursday, October 27, 2005 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

F’n Fox. Spoiling the post-season by completely dwelling on blown calls instead of seven series of absolutely riveting baseball, and the best World Series since, well, last year. Two teams playing for the first time in almost anyone’s lifetime, both with Jank family connections. World-class players on both teams (A whole set of Killer B’s for the Astros, including Blum, the one that got away in Game 3; and a bunch of Cuban political refugees that “NRO”:http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/cline200510200828.asp feted). And, the first Series games played in Texas.

In any case, Fox’s focus on marginal calls, which, in truth, evened out across the series, has every swingin’ Richard spouting off that baseball needs some sort of instant replay review.

Bah, I say.

The “Indianapolis Star”:http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051027/SPORTS/510270434/1004/SPORTS is on the same page: The images on television are slowed down and enlarged like the Zapruder film, until after a few minutes a decision comes on whether to agree with the man who had a second to make the call. (Used soley for the Zapruder reference)

Baseball is what it is, and a large part of what it is is the absolute perfect harmony of the capabilities of man, the laws of physics and material properties of the natural substances on our world, and, most importantly, the foibles of man. No other game rests so firmly on both the mental and physical capabilities of mankind. Blown calls are a part of that.

Part of the beauty of baseball is, indeed, the umpire. Despite the humanity of the umpires, and their inability to be all places at once, their word is final, and is as much a part of the game as 60′,6″. Adding instant replay would be like going back to Astroturf and domed stadiums – artificial and ultimately unsatisfying.

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