"If they program it, will they come?"

Baseball has been around a loooong time, until recently when some changes in the way Major League baseball ran things, the rule of thumb was to leave it alone, don't mess with all the traditions that come with America's past time. When we went through the pandemic, the season was shortened quite a bit - from 162 games to about 60. Then some things were changed, for instance, double headers only playing 7 innings and if a game went into extra innings, both teams would start their at bat with an automatic runner at second base ( in order to kind of do away with the sometimes exasperating slow play that baseball brings ) - I guess I don't like changes, and certainly was not a fan of MLB trying to speed up the game. I also felt at the time when instant replay became a reality back in 2008, this took away one of the biggest lures that make sports so compelling, the human factor.

There is nothing more exciting than seeing a good old-fashioned player or coach getting tossed out of the game

I'm sure the majority of baseball fans would like to see the extinction of umpires - heck bring in robot computers that will be 100% accurate with their calls, what damn fun would that be? Now I will be the first to say that when my team gets robbed of a call, there should be another way of making sure it doesn't happen again. But that's what makes the sport so compelling, the human element. I mean with a robot behind the plate, we would never get to see such golden moments as this famous clip - back in 2018 a player by the name of  Brennan Metzger was a member of the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. Check out this real comedy from fanbuzz.com "During a 4-3 win over the Chicago Dogs at Newman Outdoor Field back in 2018, Metzger was called out on a third strike, and he didn’t like the call one bit"

As I said, you bring in a computerized tin can and you'll take all the fun out of the game.


LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.


More From 96.5 The Walleye