Olympics and baseball just don’t jive.
In a story by the Associated Press extra-inning games in Beijing are turning our supposed past-time into a mockery due to time constraints for the viewing audience.
How so? If a game goes to the 11th inning (and beyond) then runners will automatically start at 1st and 2nd base. In addition, teams may start at any point in the batting order.
“For example, a team that opts to lead off with its No. 3 hitter would begin with its No. 1 batter on second base and its No. 2 hitter on first with no outs. The 12th inning and beyond would begin where the previous lineup left off, with the two hitters ahead of the batter scheduled to lead off that inning being placed on first and second bases.”
Baseball and softball have been nixed in the 2012 Olympics. Why bother in Beijing if we are going to clobber the most exciting part of the game?