I don’t watch much pre-season baseball, and the first game of the year was during work hours, so last night was my first experience suffering under the current MSG-Time Warner brouhaha.
For those of you not in the know, MSG (which owns the local rights to Mets games) and Time Warner (who I receive most of my digital content from) haven’t been able to settle on a price for TW to carry MSG’s channels on it’s cable service. The underlying reason is that the Mets will be moving to their owns sports network in 2006, making MSG’s channel a lot less attractive to TW.
We listened to the radio broadcast on WFAN, but it just wasn’t the same. I loved listening to games on the radio when I used to have a 2 1/2 hour drive home from work, and it’s always fun listening at work, but for some reason the lack of a picture really bothered me in my own apartment. I just kept thinking, “Wow, it sounds like they are watching a great game”. The worst part is, things don’t look to get better any time soon.
Maybe it was for the best, since the Mets fumbled, stumbled and finally collapsed. Willie Randolph’s double switch gaffe will probably get a lot of the attention, but what really stood out for me is how thin our bullpen really is. With five or six relievers being used just in yesterday’s game, the next few games are going to be interesting…