Tuesday, February 22, 2005

I believe in the Infield Fly Rule.

Watched the 6th installment of Baseball. It was pretty good, it had some interesting stuff about how World War II affected baseball, some neat footage of a one-armed man who played in the majors during the war when most all the able-bodied men got drafted into the military. But a huge amount of time was spent on Jackie Robinson becoming the first black player to play in Major League Baseball. Sure it was a momentous event. Sure it was very important. But it was just one event out of a decade, and yet nearly half the DVD was spent talking about it. By contrast, Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak and Ted Williams being the last player to bat .400 or better got short-changed. I don't even remember a mention that 1945 was the last year the Cubs have been in the Word Series, making theirs the longest active drought. Really, to do the history of baseball justice would require spending more time on each decade. There's just so much to cover.