The U.S. Olympic baseball team lost yesterday to Cuba, 5 to 4, in extra-innings in what should be called an imitation of what baseball is supposed to be. After 10 innings of knotted baseball, the game headed into the first instance of the Olympic tiebreaker system, also known as the bizarro world.
Did someone forget to tell the Olympic committee that baseball already has a tiebreaker system? It’s called extra-innings, and quite honestly it’s worked just fine for about a 100 years.
…and then again…
Maybe this is what the MLB All-Star game should be doing. After ten innings of knotted baseball, start each half-inning with an additional runner on base until in the 13th inning (and there after) the bases are loaded. And if it’s really needed, start adding outs after the 13th inning. It would be perfect! We’ve already established that the All-Star game is a parody of itself, why not make the game they play a parody of the game they play during the regular season? I’m just saying, it would be a lot better than the ridiculous paradoxical system we have in place right now.