Slow it down and beautify it

This was written before the oft-delayed Game 5:

    All those meetings on the mound called by catcher Jorge Posada and the New York Yankees are giving Major League Baseball pause, too.

    Posada and pals visited pitcher CC Sabathia eight times -- in a single inning -- on Sunday night, grinding Game 4 of the World Series to a standstill. Agitated Phillies fans booed each trip.

    MLB vice president of umpiring Mike Port said frequent mound meetings by all teams likely would be discussed by baseball officials this offseason.


    Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett and personal catcher Jose Molina visited seven times during an inning in the AL Championship Series. New York pitching coach Dave Eiland made no apology.

    You can't take away the beauty of the game. I know fans get upset and I know Major League Baseball may get upset with that. But that's part of the game.

    "Every pitch is a big pitch this time of year. Seriously. You want to make sure everything's covered," Eiland said Sunday night.

    As for making a rule limiting catchers' trips to the mound, Eiland scoffed.

    "No, don't take three minutes between innings. You know how many times a pitcher is standing on the mound waiting for the umpire's call to throw the first pitch?" he said.

    "You can't take away the beauty of the game," Eiland said. "I know fans get upset and I know Major League Baseball may get upset with that. But that's part of the game. There's no rules against it, and I don't see any rules changing for that. That would be ridiculous."

I'm sure that Dave Eiland is a bright fellow. I wonder if he has any idea how ridiculous he sounds.

Does Eiland know that there are three minutes between innings because Major League Baseball's owners and players enjoy being paid a great deal of money?

If multiple and monotonous visits to the pitcher's mound are so beautiful, why not allow the manager and the pitching coach to stroll out there between every pitch, too. Most managers are control freaks and would absolutely love to make the game even more beautiful than it already is. I supposed that most pitching coaches (like Eiland) and a fair number of catchers (like Posada) would like to make it more beautiful, too.

Hey, I can enjoy a forest meadow as much as the next guy. But in this case, I think we could actually use a little less beauty than we've got right now.