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It Wasn’t Over…

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Every baseball fan is familiar with Yogi Berra’s line, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”  In fact, I hold that saying very close to my heart.  I think it goes beyond baseball. 

In life, you may feel like you are going nowhere and can’t change your path – but you always can.  There’s more power within you than you think.  If you’re losing against an obstacle, or some sort of inner fight, it doesn’t mean you’re going to be defeated.  Clearly, Yogi knew what he was talking about.

This saying always seems to prove true when it comes to Yankees baseball though.  I’m convinced that sometimes Yankee players like to give their fans a show and so sometimes they wait until pretty late in the game to finally get their bats moving.  I’m sure everyone remembers their 2009 season.  Most of that season was defined by all the come from behind wins.

That’s part of the fun of baseball.  Scoring at the end of the game, right when the other team thinks they have the win in the bag – priceless.  And then extra inning come from behind wins – that’s like Christmas morning and my birthday excitement level combined.

A lot can happen in one inning of a baseball game.  A LOT.  So, why on Earth can a game be called an official game after just five innings due to rain?  Never was a fan of that rule, and I never will be.

This past Sunday, that rule proved to be unfair in the Yankees vs. Red Sox game.  The Red Sox were up by three after six innings and the game was called because of the rain.  Now I’m aware the rain can add to the possibilities of players getting injured.  The thunder and lightning can be… scary, I get it.  I’m not saying the player should become a force against mother nature or anything, but MLB should not consider a game less than nine innings an official game.

Who’s to say that in the seventh inning the Yankees wouldn’t have tied up the game?  Who knows if they would have took the lead by the eighth?  Nobody knows how the game would have ended, because it wasn’t over!  And, even putting the rule to the side for a second, it was a Yankees vs. Red Sox game.  HELLO – only the greatest rivalry in baseball, possibly in sports – why would you call that game early?  

The Yankees and Red Sox always battle each other throughout the game.  They feed off of the energy amongst the fans, both clubs, and the rivalry itself.  Anything is possible in these sort of games.  Anything (Jeter dive to the stands, walk offs, extra innings….).  The full nine innings sometimes isn’t even enough time to finish a normal game.  So how is this rule even a little okay?  

I think MLB needs to reevaluate this rule.  Call it for the day, sure.  Don’t call it for the books.  

I know, I sound like a completely crazed fan, but I just think it’s wrong.

Baseball is America’s favorite past time, and it was intended to be played for nine innings and have twenty seven outs.  Not allowing the full game is just compromising the game (and for dramatic effect let’s add the country as well) that we all love.

It ain’t over ’til it’s over…

…it wasn’t over!

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