There goes the "Instant Replay Slows Down The Game" argument

Another day… and once again any argument against instant replay becomes more and more moot.

After Chase Utley was put on base as the tying run in the 7th inning after he WASN’T hit by a pitch, there was a bang bang play at second base.

The runner was called safe, prompting Dusty Baker to come out and argue… and slow down the game. An argument that would never have happened if a replay official would be able to look at the tape and say conclusively “Safe” or “Out.”

Yeah, the game was broken open with the sloppy play.
But Utley should never have been on base and there should have never been need for an argument at second.

Instead the game is delayed because of no replay.

And of course this is the focus over the solid pitching we’ve seen so far.

Let’s keep sending in those “logical reasons to NOT have instant replay.”
Haven’t read one yet.
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I’ve heard this song before…

The Giants finished the regular season as Division Champs and got home field advantage in the Division Series. And drew the Wild Card team from the East.

They won Game 1 with a complete game shutout from their ace and looked like they were cruising in Game 2.

Everyone had their eyes set for the League Championship Series… and maybe if luck with have it a match up against Dusty Baker’s squad.

And then before anyone knew what was happening, they lost Game 2.

Am I talking about the Giants loss to Atlanta tonight?
Or am I talking about the 2003 Division Series against the Marlins?

Remember that year?
The Giants had Jason Schmidt throw a complete game shutout (against Josh Beckett no less) and San Francisco was off to the races.

Then the Giants were up 4-1 in Game 2… and they fell apart.

Juan Encanarcion homered to tie the game and Marquis Grissom’s error opened up the flood gates.

They went back to Florida and lost game 3 in extra innings even though they had the lead with 2 outs and 2 strikes in the bottom of the 10th… and of course lost game 4 when J. T. Snow was thrown out at home trying to tie the game.

Why am I bringing this up?

Have your guard up, Giants fans… these scenarios don’t end well.

I’ve seen it before.

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