Bring back the bullpen car and other ideas for speeding up MLB games – Washington Post

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I went to a Dodgers game the other night.

This is harder than it sounds — it takes a time commitment that many men are unwilling to make to, say, a relationship.

Let’s start with the traffic — Los Angeles is No. 1 in the nation, and everyone else is a pretender — so trust me when I tell you that no matter where you happen to be in Southern California, you are always at least 1 hour 15 minutes away from where you need to go; Dodger Stadium is no exception.

(I am reminded of the truest thing I ever heard about my adopted home town: In L.A., everyone always has to be somewhere else.)

Even if you are already at Dodger Stadium — and I realize this is going to sound as if I should be in a loony bin — you likely are still at least 1 hour 15 minutes from getting into Dodger Stadium. Don’t question me. Just pity me.

Now, if you’re picking somebody up to go to the game, we’re talking, like, a 3:30 p.m. departure — because that’s a 1:15 drive, too — so you can arrive at Chavez Ravine in time to park for a 7:10 start. The game then will take 31/2 hours, and you’re still looking at Woodstock-like traffic jams on the way home, which you might reach by 1 in the morning.

That’s a long day’s journey into night for a $7 Dodger Dog and two Yasiel Puig strikeouts.

Of course, if I were a true, stereotypical Angeleno, I would arrive in the third inning and depart in the seventh inning, cutting down my time obligation by 90 minutes or so.

Yes, Angelenos famously come late and leave early for all sporting events.

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