I'll have to disagree with you about the ridiculously long schedule in pro baseball, Blue. I'm firmly convinced that the first half of the season is utterly meaningless--just look at the Astros last year.
As much as I love the game, we could effectively do away with the first sixty or so games and just get to the point. I don't even start watching seriously until after the break. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing.