The major reason I don't watch baseball anymore is the length of the game. When I first started watching games went 2 hours, maybe 15 minutes more. Now they're over three hours with numerous pitching changes.
Perhaps as a result of this, TV announcers try to fill the endless ennui with statistics. With what's happening on the field proceeding at a glacial pace, things have to be built up in importance.
Watching the last game, they started building up the fact that the last time Boston had won a World Series at home was 95 years ago. Considering the number of teams, on average a fan will see his team win the World Series two or three times in his lifetime, if he starts watching young. Many teams do not win even that often. It should be unsurprising that Boston had not won the Series at home in nearly a century.
Yet when the the last pitch was thrown, off go the announcers into high hyperbole about the first time winning at home., as if that was somehow more important than winning at all.
The next phony statistic was one where a Red Sox player was about to end his streak of 20 consecutive postseason games with a base hit. Well, so what? It's just another statistical anomaly. Yet they play it up, as if we're supposed to be on the edge of our seat to see if the streak stays alive.
I guess when you have all these long periods of inactivity on the screen, the announcers have to pretend something important is underway.