The origins of a crisis.
@pd-shaw's last paragraph I think is most on point. I hear the complaint about length most around playoff time where the pitching strategy is nothing like the normal season.
I'm a dissenter on the idea that these games need to be shortened. If it's something we're going to do I don't think it should be driven by the ultra-casual fan or sports media more interested in the highlights than the quality of the product as a whole. As @mike-dwyer said above, the slowness of the game is part of its charm.