Mariano Rivera doesn't seem to mind waiting around for the end of Yankees-Red Sox games. So why should umpire Joe West?
West commented on the slow pace of games between the rivals yesterday, calling it "pathetic and embarrassing." At least one Yankee didn't quite agree with West's assessment.
"It's incredible," Rivera told the New York Post. "If he has places to go, let him do something else. What does he want us to do, swing at balls?"
"He has a job to do. He should do his job. We don't want to play four-hour games, but that's what it takes. We respect and love the fans and do what we have to do, and that's play our game."
It's a good thing Rivera has such good control, because I doubt he gets any close calls next time.
Personally, I don't understand the big deal with pace of game. If you're a Yankees or Red Sox fan, do you really only want a 2 hour contest? Wouldn't you rather see a dramatic, extra-inning affair? If you're inside Yankee Stadium or Fenway Park, wouldn't you want to get the most bang (time) for your buck (ticket)? And if you're really concerned about how late the game goes, you can always just turn the TV off and read the paper (Newsday!) in the morning.