Yes. Opening Day for the remainder of the league is next Wednesday. Personally, I miss the fact that it used to coincide with the NCAA Men's Basketball National Title game, but somebody somewhere apparently decided that was too much going on for one day.
I guess it's because they are playing in Japan, but isn't it about a week too early for real games?
MLB on FOX, ESPN, etc.
Posted Mar 28, 2012 @ 3:22 PM
Posted Mar 31, 2012 @ 5:00 PM
It's an opportunity to see a bunch of teams I'm not familiar with unless they make the weekly national games or the playoffs. (Which means I've seen a lot of Sox, Yanks, Cardinals and Braves, all teams I hate except the Red Sox, who I tolerate.)
Unfortunately, it means hearing a lot of the team announcers. Am currently suffering with the Cubs' staff. How can a storied franchise like this team have such idiots? So far there's been a long discussion of wearing long sleeves under a jersey, how stupid the double-sided batting helmets look, and why the decal is missing from a player's helmet.
I'm also intrigued by the job MLB does to promote the game on their channel. They have these Fan Cave ads that are driving me crazy. So far, they're making me dislike Matt Kemp, a player I've always liked from what little I've seen of him. But him going on and on creepily about Beast Mode? Whatever. And only Ricky Henderson gets to talk about himself in the 3rd person.
Hearing Batista whine about being this nobody for so long until he suddenly became this fabulous player only makes me assume he's juiced, which I'm sure wasn't MLB's intention.
I appreciate that they're really showcasing the African-American players in these ads, but they make Brandon Phillips into a jerk--"I love being the center of attention," and don't bother to identify the young man from Chicago whose parents were teachers and that somehow makes him a better ball player. I consider myself pretty familiar with most of the famous players and I have no idea who this guy is. Please just put his name and team somewhere in his clip!
ETA: Had to change the channel. Cubs announcer explaining what a Replacement Level Player is very slowly as though explaining Quantum Physics, and btw, wrong. Something tells me that having a stathead running the Cubs is going to be very hard on these barstool lumps.
Edited by whee whee piggy, Mar 31, 2012 @ 5:14 PM.
Posted Mar 31, 2012 @ 6:54 PM
and don't bother to identify the young man from Chicago whose parents were teachers and that somehow makes him a better ball player. I consider myself pretty familiar with most of the famous players and I have no idea who this guy is. Please just put his name and team somewhere in his clip!
I think that's Curtis Granderson(Yankees outfielder).
Posted Mar 31, 2012 @ 10:00 PM
It's pretty cool that in the three random spring games I attended (all in different parks) I got to see the defending World Champion Cardinals in game one, Stephen Strasburg in game two, and Justin Verlander today.
Posted Apr 1, 2012 @ 12:30 AM
There seem to be very few "other team" announcers that are listen-able. I guess the babbling about inane topics can be mildly more entertaining when it is your team's announcers do it. I tried to sit through a game the Red Sox announcers were doing and Holy Crap were they awful. Nattering on for at least two innings about their new shirts. I am not sure whether they were even aware of the game going on in front of them. (I only watched because they were playing the Tigers.)
My opinion is that non-announcer special guests should only be on the air on pre- and post-game shows. When you add a guest the announcers seem to lose focus on the game. The Tigers announcers had Dave Dombrowski in the booth today and it was driving me nuts. The guests never seem to be sure how to not disrupt the flow of the game and the announcers seem afraid to interrupt the guest to actually mention what is going on on the field.
Of course, my unpopular opinion is that Harry Caray sucked as an announcer because he seemed to prefer to babble about everything but the game. Sending greetings to some nun on her 86th birthday, saying hello to a fouth grade class, yakking about last night's dinner. Gah! Talk about the damn game, you moron!
Edited by MittenGirl, Apr 1, 2012 @ 12:33 AM.
Posted Apr 1, 2012 @ 5:28 AM
There seem to be very few "other team" announcers that are listen-able. I guess the babbling about inane topics can be mildly more entertaining when it is your team's announcers do it.
I think you're right. My NL team is the Giants, and I can listen to John Miller natter on for hours. I'll never forget the time he and his Junior Reporter went on for about four innings about some unusual bird outside the announcing booth. They finally went on google to identify it...Serious, the whole thing was a work of art. But if I wasn't a fan...Maybe not.
But as a Mariners fan, I consider the remaining announcers pretty bad since Dave Neihaus passed away, yet when I listen to these other yahoos...
Posted Apr 2, 2012 @ 9:16 AM
I think the same thing every time that commercial comes on. Ugh.
whee whee piggy: Hearing Batista whine about being this nobody for so long until he suddenly became this fabulous player only makes me assume he's juiced, which I'm sure wasn't MLB's intention.
Posted Apr 2, 2012 @ 8:06 PM
Posted Apr 3, 2012 @ 5:51 AM
Sports Illustrated ran a terrific article about game 162 toward the end of the year. Too bad they were only a couple of months late in being timely.
Posted Apr 3, 2012 @ 1:06 PM
It just seems strange that they would bury a good documentary about one of the most incredible days in the history of sports.
Edited by xaxat, Apr 3, 2012 @ 1:06 PM.
Posted Apr 3, 2012 @ 7:16 PM
Posted Apr 4, 2012 @ 5:47 PM
Weird setup MLB has this year--the Cards and Marlins play tonight, some other teams start tomorrow, but the Yanks don't play until Friday...
Posted Apr 5, 2012 @ 9:23 AM
And while I didn't watch the whole game, I thought the ESPN crew did a pretty good job of commentating.
Some of the camera angles were a little weird to me, though. In that near-double play (shoot, I don't remember what inning that was) where Berkman was convinced that he'd gotten the guy out at first and was nearly off the field before he realized the ump had called him safe, ESPN showed a replay and the players were barely in frame for a lot of the play.
But that's my only complaint, based on what I saw.
Also, I did manage to catch the Game 162 documentary. I agree that it was well done. It's worth watching, if you can manage to catch it.
Posted Apr 5, 2012 @ 10:25 AM
One of my favorite segments on Intentional Talk is "Baseball Announcers Filling Time" because it is funny to hear all the nothing the announcers talk about. Rose and Millar said yesterday that the Red Sox announcing team were the best for giving them crap to fill the segment. Of course that is a sixty-second bit--I wouldn't be able to sit through innings of it.
I guess the babbling about inane topics can be mildly more entertaining when it is your team's announcers do it. I tried to sit through a game the Red Sox announcers were doing and Holy Crap were they awful. Nattering on for at least two innings about their new shirts.
Edited by LT, Apr 5, 2012 @ 10:26 AM.
Posted Apr 5, 2012 @ 2:12 PM
Posted Apr 6, 2012 @ 10:30 AM
Posted Apr 6, 2012 @ 11:09 AM
I agree livinggreen, that was painful to watch. I was also pissed at the amount of positive coverage Jeff Loria received during the game. Now that McCourt is out, he's regained his spot as the biggest con artist in baseball.
Posted Apr 6, 2012 @ 10:00 PM
WTH?! What was the point in rolling out Mohammed Ali to do the "first pitch" at the Marlins new BB stadium?
Why did the defending WS champs have to go on the road to open the season in Miami, even though they weren't even playing an actual series with each other?
Posted Apr 7, 2012 @ 11:54 PM
Posted Apr 9, 2012 @ 9:12 PM
Wow. What a stat! Is Rivera the 2nd oldest pitcher to Moyer? I wonder what his percentage is.
Jamie Moyer has faced 8.9% of all hitters, ever.
Well, I'll ignore the Red Sox bad start so far, and chalk it up to "small sample size." But it's good to know that in game 4 tonight, I was able to see Dustin Pedroia hit one to La Luna! If it's gonna be a long year, I'll be needing Don and Jerry to keep bringing the funny.
Posted Apr 10, 2012 @ 6:09 AM
Posted Apr 11, 2012 @ 6:16 PM
Last Saturday's Fox Game of the Week was an embarrassment.
It's going to be a long year!
Edited by clare 32, Apr 11, 2012 @ 6:18 PM.
Posted Apr 11, 2012 @ 6:33 PM
How do you stand?
Posted Apr 12, 2012 @ 5:47 AM
Posted Apr 12, 2012 @ 12:25 PM
I always thought blackouts were because the team owners didn't want the home team televised if there were empty seats. Their way to get the fans to go to the ballpark to fill the seats if they wanted to see the game.
Posted Apr 12, 2012 @ 12:34 PM
Posted Apr 12, 2012 @ 1:49 PM
MLB sells their Extra Innings package... and STILL restricts what games you can see.
I read through the wikipedia entry, and it seems dead on for the various rules:
Game broadcasts of a major league team in its home market are blacked out in that area if the same game is on the Extra Innings schedule. In most cases, these games can be seen locally on a broadcast or cable/satellite network. (If both feeds are available, as noted above, they are both blacked out.)
Nationally-broadcast games on Fox or ESPN are not made available on Extra Innings. Chicago Cubs and White Sox games broadcasted nationally on WGN America are also blacked out occasionally.
Fox has exclusive broadcasting rights for Saturday afternoon games starting 3 hours prior to first pitch of their scheduled game through 3 hours after the start of their scheduled first pitch. For the majority of the 2010 season, an MLB on Fox telecast is scheduled to start at 4:10pm ET. Any games starting prior to 1:10pm ET and after 7:05pm ET will be shown on MLB Extra Innings.
ESPN has exclusive broadcast rights for Sunday evening games. Any game starting after 5:00 PM Eastern time on Sundays will not be broadcast on MLB Extra Innings. ESPN also televises a number of other games throughout the week. These, however, are not blacked out.
There are various problems as well, with MLB having "maps" of restrictions, that where you live determines what games you can see, even if you live hundreds of miles away from the cities. Read this article about what it takes to see games if you live in North Carolina. If I lived there, I would have gone postal and done something dangerous to Bud Sellg by now. And it's maddening, and MLB has done NOTHING about this. And they complain that there are fewer people watching games, or getting kids interested?
Major League Baseball simply does not care enough about this issue to take any action, and it's a black mark against everyone in the commissioner's office that they continue to actively discourage people from being able to enjoy a significant portion of their product. Or, you know, MLB could actually fix these anti-fan, anti-growth-of-the-sport, anti-revenue-production, anti-logic rules once and for all. We want to watch baseball. We will pay for the right to do so. Just let us.
So what that SOSH thread theoretically is about, is to boycott the advertisers who support MLB and their ridiculous blackouts. Because if you tell Scott's that you won't buy their seeds for your lawns, or tell Chevrolet, Lexus, Jeep and Hyundai that you won't buy one of their cars (that's what I decided to do, and I've been calling the auto reps this week) perhaps MLB will do something about it if we hurt their advertisers. It's tough to talk to a rep at a company like I did yesterday. She wasn't even a baseball fan, let alone follow a team or know anything about these rules. But I did get across to her, that I wouldn't be buying their product any more, and why. She seemed very concerned about THAT, let me tell you.
Of course, petitions and social media work better. I'll let you know if something else like that starts up.
Edited by ikar, Apr 12, 2012 @ 1:54 PM.
Posted Apr 12, 2012 @ 3:13 PM
Posted Apr 13, 2012 @ 2:11 AM
So I don't have a problem with blackouts in theory, as long as a team's games are actually available locally in the blackout area. The real problem is the map in some cases is totally nonsensical and outdated. I know there are some parts of the country where teams are blacked out even though their broadcasts aren't available and haven't been for years. I think that's the biggest issue. If a team wants to claim a territory, their broadcasts need to actually be available. If they are, I don't have an issue with blacking out Extra Innings or MLB.tv. If they aren't, you're essentially providing viewers zero options for watching a given team, and that's a big problem.
The Saturday Fox blackouts and Sunday night ESPN blackouts are a different issue. The Sunday one doesn't seem like a huge problem, because I think most teams would rather play Sunday afternoon anyway. The Saturday Fox blackouts have two potential problems, both of which crop up a handful of times every season: (1) Fox has a handful of games each Saturday, and which one is shown varies by market. If the home team is in one of them, that will always be shown. But I've had days where the Rockies were playing in a Saturday Fox game but I got stuck with some other game (not even always a Giants game) and no way to watch my team. Sometimes the game shown in a market (if not the local team) doesn't even make much sense to me. Why should I care about the Mets/Phillies, for example, if there's an important divisional game between the Rockies/Dodgers that actually effects the local team? (2) Most often teams that aren't part of one of the Fox games play before or after the blackout window and it isn't an issue. But every once in awhile Fox either drops a game relatively last minute or a team just decides they want to have a game during that time and the game ends up available to nobody anywhere. This is really frustrating. Sometimes I blame the team itself (why purposely schedule a game during a time when you know ahead of time nobody can watch?), but sometimes a team gets caught being flexed out by Fox and they have no choice (I also had a makeup game fall into this window once, but that was an unusual and unintended circumstance). I get that Fox wants flexibility to have the most compelling games, but teams should either be given enough notice that they could reasonably change the game time, or they should be allowed to break the blackout.
(Sorry so long. I've had these kinds of discussions multiple times over the past few seasons on the Rockies blog I belong to.)
Edited by redpencil, Apr 13, 2012 @ 2:18 AM.