I love baseball and have for as long as I can remember. The strategy, the excitement, the cool jerseys, I love it all. In fact, it’s rare to see me out in the world without my trusty Texas Rangers cap.
I also understand why people would not like baseball. Umpires can be truly terrible at their jobs. There is rampant cheating (though the methods used to cheat change constantly). It can also be super slow.
Luckily, the MLB stepped in recently to help add a little more action. There’s a common misconception that the new rules (a pitch clock, bigger bases, the elimination of the shift) were put in place to make the games go faster. That’s actually a side effect! The whole point is to make the game more exciting.
Regardless, Conan O’Brien doesn’t think the MLB has gone far enough! On a recent episode of Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend, Conan discussed the rules but added his own calamitous suggestion (letting runners choose to run to first or third). It’s a silly idea, but it could actually be kind of fun! There’s a backyard baseball feel to it.
What do you think about Conan’s suggestion? Will the actual rule changes get you to watch more baseball? Who’s your favorite team?? Are you still reading this??? My wife is sick and I’ve been taking care of her and our kids for the past four days, so give me some baseball talk!