The Pirates manager quickly ran out, challenged the call, and after a short review, it was clear that Marte was safe and the Pirates has won the game! Everyone at PNC Park was thrilled and went home happy. I woke up today expecting to find the internet abuzz with the glories of the new replay system...but what I found was quite the opposite. Several columnists published that "yes, it's great they got it right, but it messed with the rhythm of the sport" or "it's good they got the win correct, but do we really want machines getting our calls for us?" or even, and this is word for word "I almost miss being angry at the umpires for costing our team the game." Despite the fact the system did made sure a botched call didn't determine the fate of a game (aka exactly what it was created to do) the purists are still upset at the downsides. Did the review delay the game? Sure, but not as long as extra innings would have. Did the win mean less because the fans had to wait to see what the review said? I don't think so. I don't know of any Pirates fan who thought "wow, would have rather had a straight loss than a reviewed win..." Does the "human element" really mean we enjoyed having incorrect calls?
As ridiculous as this whole debate sounds, it has its parallels in nearly all aspects of education and life in general. How many times has a new system been put in place only to have the detractions complain about the lack of past vestigial features? "I miss the cracks and pops in the music?" "This digital projector doesn't have the old scratches on the film", "the new Olympic swimsuits make runners too fast" etc. In education, we're told technology is a danger because it allows students to use the internet to look up answers, rather than finding them themselves. In all these cases, while nostalgia has value, the notion that "it was better when it was worse" is actually bordering on ridiculous. There will never be a regression in technology, nor will social habits universally reject commercial changes. Rather than bemoan the loss of these classic quirks, maybe it's time to modify our thinking and create new, non-Google-able questions. While the joy of watching an umpire ruin your night is now gone, maybe that's ok. Maybe things are better t