Baseball's back!

And it took the Yankees and Red Sox only a crisp 3:46 to get it done Sunday night. To me, anything under four hours is a blessing.

I liked YES' new studio addition, Jack Curry, who for a long-time newspaper man looked very comfortable on TV.

He has nice hair, too.

I liked the fact YES at last is allowing pregame and postgame reporter Kimberly Jones to do in-game reports, as most TV "sideline reporters" do.

I like YES' new in-game graphics.

On one hand it's a helpful service to have a running total of the starters' pitch counts.

On the other it's profoundly disturbing that the 21st century obsession with pitch counts has evolved to the point where the statistic warrants its own on-screen element.

I did not like YES' decision not to show Pedro Martinez's ceremonial first pitch live; the network waited until the fourth inning to show a brief clip of the event.

You're up, Mets. Only 323 New York baseball games to go until the playoffs start!

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