I completely agree with Joe West's sentiments but strongly disagree with how he expressed them. As a fan, I get as frustrated watching it as West does umpiring it. The games ARE too long. I've been watching baseball for forty years, and only recently have these marathon games started to occur frequently. And it's almost always the same two teams. If it was just once in a while, fine. The players are endlessly calling time, visiting the mound, stepping out of the box, stepping off the rubber and many of the pitchers on both teams work at a snail's pace. As much as I love the rivalry, I never watch Yankees - Red Sox games live, only on PVR so I can fast forward through all the BS they engage in. It's time MLB stepped up and in no uncertain terms told them "enough" and passes some rules limiting the amount of crap that goes - no stepping out of the box, no stepping off the rubber (a strike or ball will be the penalty depending on who did it); a limit on the number of mound visits, and batters and catchers cannot call time once the pitcher is on the rubber and the hitter is in the batter's box. Four hours for a nine inning game is absurd. If they keep that up, people are going to start saying X is right.