Maybe the tipoff was Game 1. The score? 1-0. The time of game: 3 hours and 56 minutes.
Think about that for a minute: 3:56 for a 1-0 game.
The next two were a little quicker -- 3:28 for the Red Sox' 6-5 victory on Game 2, 3:20 for their 1-0 win in Game 3 -- but not by much.
So why is that, Jim Leyland?
"I don't really know," said the Tiger manager prior to Game 4 on Wednesday. "You've got [national] TV, obviously, [so] it's longer between innings [for added commercials]. You've got the seventh-inning 'God Bless America' and things of that nature, which we're certainly all for. [Whatever the reason, they] seem to run a little bit longer."
Which means that -- in Leyland's view -- his Tigers have taken the role of a certain opponent to the south.
"I don't want anybody to take this wrong, [but] we're basically playing a Red Sox‑Yankee in‑season game. They seem to go a long time. If you watch them on Sunday night ESPN, they go on forever for whatever reason."
For all the their length, though, the first three games have been drama-filled: Two 1-0 games, and a 6-5 game in which the Red Sox came back from a four-run, eighth-inning deficit. So Leyland doesn't think anyone's complaining.
"[I've] always said that ‑‑ I heard this a long time ago, and I kind of stole it from somebody -- these games, they're like a movie. If it's a good movie, you don't mind staying a little longer. If it's a bad movie, you don't mind leaving early."