I'd like to leave this issue alone, but I just can't help myself. Here is Tom Verducci on pace (not time) of game issues:
Baseball is moving in the wrong direction. It was a faster game when people had fewer entertainment options and longer attention spans. But now as the world is speeding up, baseball is slowing down for no reason at all. The three and a half hour game isn't a bad thing for baseball; it's the slow-moving three and a half hour game that is the audience-killer. And if things continue to play out at the current rate, and a generation of young hitters crib from such a style, games will continue to have more and more dead time added.
Is this the reason Baseball opted to have the Yankees and Sox be the sole game on opening day? It's not as though the length of Yankees-Sox is anything new. Did MLB forget? Or is it a fact that even casual fans would rather watch a long Yankees-Sox game than a faster game between any other two teams (even if one of them is the Yanks or Sox?). Nobody cares if Nick Swisher steps out of the box between pitches (an example of the "nothingness" that is slowing down the game cited in the column/interview with Bud Selig). I have never ever heard anyone watching a ballgame suddenly yell, "Stop adjusting your gloves and taking practice swings! I have a plane to catch!"
I don't care if games in the olden days were shorter. They were shorter because the 7-9 hitters were automatic outs (there's a reason closers pitched multiple innings back then). AL line-ups in particular are not built that way, especially if we're talking Yanks or Sox.
At this point, this issue is quickly becoming old men yelling at kids to cut their hair. It's pathetic and embarrassing.