I’m gonna commit the baseball sin here and catch myself looking ahead. Replay comes into the fold starting Thursday, and McAfee Coliseum will be one of three parks where it will debut.
One simple question for the readers: What do you think?
I think I’ve made my thoughts pretty well known, especially in my Sunday column last week (which, by the way, will be changing form as we head down the stretch. More on that as we head to the weekend). But to review, quickly:
1) I’m a traditionalist, so I’m not crazy about it. But you can’t stop progress, and if this helps with getting calls right, so be it.
2) My biggest concern (as with several players) is the can of worms it opens. How long , for instance, until we see replay for fair or foul balls that don’t go into the seats, or calls on the bases?
3) In my opinion, replay sends a bad message to our youth. Call me way old-fashioned, but I still believe in the sports-as-life metaphors, especially in baseball, and one of the things a blown call teaches us is that life is full of bad breaks. How those bad breaks are handled is one of life’s most valuable lessons.
Meantime, couldn’t have been more wrong about the A’s getting swept here. They’re lighting up Angels starter Joe Saunders as I write this, and it’s 6-0 in the second. A series win in the offing?
Now, that deserves a replay.