Such are the benefits of running one’s own website. Maintaining one’s own viral venue with no producers, editors or censors in sight means I am allowed to speak my mind freely. I answer only to you: the reader… and of course, my own conscience.
There are also drawbacks to self-editing. I know one punctuation error, misspelled word or incoherent concept will lose your attention. (You guys still there?)
Fortunately, I was blessed with the ability to spell properly, but just like everyone on the planet who’s ever used a word processor, I still rely on Word’s built-in spell check to correct mistakes when they happen. After all, there’s always a chance of a spastic forefinger hitting the ‘Y’ instead of the “T.’
Nobody complained about the invention of spell-check. Who the hell does this computer think it is to correct MY spelling?!? We welcomed it. Without it, we’d remain a nation of misspellitude. Spell check is the perfect example of what technology can do for us. Why put out a blemished product when, with little inconvenience, we have the ability to un-blemish? It’s why there are erasers on pencils.
So, I ask you, what’s wrong with a little spell check in Major League Baseball to right the wrongs and correct correctable mistakes? Just like how we look back and wonder how we ever got along without spell check, hopefully, with the proper implementation of instant replay, we’ll look back and wonder how we ever survived without it.
I’m not here to get on my soapbox and proclaim the need for instant replay across the board. Nor am I suggesting that entire seasons have been affected by a missed call or two. But someone has to offset the purists. So why not me?
When Major League umpires are calling for instant replay to help them out, that should give us some indication of the internal need to make things right. The last thing any professional, in any field, wants is to make an error in judgment. The days of Wite-Out are over, gentlemen. Poor Jim Joyce probably still has nightmares about that June night where he single-handedly altered baseball’s record book by calling the final out safe, and robbing Armando Galarraga of a perfect game.