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Joe Buck, Fox sharp in Game 3

Joe Girardi Game 3, 2009 ALDS, Yankees vs.

Joe Girardi

Game 3, 2009 ALDS, Yankees vs. Twins

Girardi guides the Yankees to a 4-1 victory and three-game sweep of the Twins. It’s their first postseason series victory since the 2004 ALDS.

(Credit: Getty/Jim McIsaac)

Here is a column I wrote for the newspaper praising Joe Buck's work during the ALCS in general and Game 3 in particular.

Fox's production was sharp all around, including goodies such as audio of home plate ump Bill Miller and timely dugout shots of the Angels' Jered Weaver disgusted over being yanked and of Joe Girardi consulting his scouting book before his final, fateful pitching change.

Buck wasn't the only broadcast type to wonder about Girardi's last move. Suzyn Waldman first-guessed it on WCBS radio and immediately after the game YES play-by-play man Michael Kay expressed bafflement with his old pal Girardi.

Both baseball playoff games yesterday were undeniably compelling. And both inevitably were way, way too long. NLCS Game 4 started before the "Monday Night Football" game began and ended after it was over.

For all the interesting ebbs and flows of many playoff games thus far, the fact is that the length of games is a huge problem facing the sport as a TV attraction.

I amused myself during the Yankees' latest marathon with numerous wise-cracking Twitter and Facebook posts.

What else was I supposed to do to stay busy? Keep score?

Let's do it all over again Tuesday night, everyone!

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