Hard Cap? Revenue Sharing? No, not needed at all. At all.
And I say this as a Red Sox fan knowing that Boston, through NESN and the cash cow that is Fenway can operate at a level above every team.
As a kid, I remember the Royals as a team to be feared when they came in to Fenway, not a team to be picked over like carrion. While expansion has gone too far, there’s no reason that the Pirates, the Royals, the Orioles, the Mariners, the Indians, and the Blue Jays (just off the top of my head), shouldn’t be able to compete with the Yankees and the Sox for any player. It’s absurd. It’s what’s wrong with baseball right now.
YES and NESN are the issue.
Today is the 45th anniversary of the Beatles second-to-last concert, held at Dodger Stadium.
In tribute, there are only 45 people in the left field bleachers for today’s game.
Probably 45 more than would have been at Candlestick for a Giants game closest to the anniversary of the Beatles’ last live performance.
Over the inaugural season at PNC I got to know one of the ballpark architects who stayed all summer to work through the stadium punch list with the construction company. Ali. Ali was a small, kind, shy man who had asked Adrianna at the newsstand when he got his morning coffee why I didn’t wear a…
Bravo, Sarah. Well said indeed.
There’s a guy on the first base line in Target Field who is a) huge. YUUUUUGE. Which, hey, that’s his bizness. But b) the cameras keep catching him just stuffing his face. Dogs, beers, popcorn, pretzels, another dog. Yikes.
Nice work ROOT-HD.
Terry Francona reportedly could be out as Red Sox manager
- The changes on Yawkey Way could be coming quickly. Red Sox manager Terry Francona might be looking for a new job as early as today according to a report by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
I suppose this was inevitable…
This has the CHB’s meddlin’ fingers all over it. What a stooge he is.
Tito’s the best manager the Sox have ever had. Period.
Fire the CHB instead.
The best gets better:
New 2012 MLB.TV Premium Subscription Features (at no additional cost).
MLB.com At Bat 12, the top-ranked sports app in the Apple App Store and recent inductee into the Macworld App Hall of Fame, is now included for free with your subscription (separate purchase not required). Enjoy complete portability to iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and select Android phones and tablets. At Bat 12 is available on 2/29/12.*
MLB.TV Premium is available on your Xbox 360** in 2012 (coming soon). Simply log-in with your MLB.TV username and password to access live and on-demand baseball.
Standard 2012 MLB.TV PREMIUM FEATURES
Connected Devices: Sony PlayStation 3, AppleTV, Roku and other connected devices. Click here to see a full list of compatible devices.
HD Picture (where available): Speed detection technology delivers high definition video at the industry standard of 720p on any size monitor.
Home and Away Feeds: Watch either the home or away teams’ broadcasts.
Live Game DVR Functionality: Pause and rewind live games. Jump back up to 10 seconds to create your own instant replay.
Multi-Game Viewing Options: Watch up to four games simultaneously with the Mosaic® feature.
Pitch by Pitch Tracking: Track live the location, type and speed of every pitch. Follow balls and strikes on overlay.
Picture-in-Picture: Choose one game and track another or watch in-game highlights simultaneously in a secondary window.
Audio Overlay: Overlay the home or away team’s radio broadcast over the live video or use the “Park” option to include the ballpark’s natural sounds.
Clickable Linescores: Go directly to any at-bat or half inning of a game.
In-Game Highlights: Real-time highlights and player stats automatically load in the media player. With one click, the clip instantly launches in a picture-in-picture window
Player Tracker: Customize a list to feature entire fantasy rosters and receive on-deck notifications to watch live look-ins for each player. Simply click the alert and watch the at-bat live in a Picture in Picture window.
Several awesome new features: Radio or TV broadcasts—this means I can go from Castiglione to Rem Dawg? Yes please. All Scully, all the time? HELLS YEAH.
Four games at once? no commercials? I can watch the Yanks lose and the Sox win no matter where they are playing? Niiiiice. (this assumes that the Sox pitching is more than a Colonel’s Bucket, a Sam Adams, and the remains of Josh Beckett.)
Free app? Fantastic. I will never miss a Sox game driving home from [redacted], and can pick up games from Safeco, Petco, Dodger Stadium as they start when I get out of class? No more tuning in the blowtorch 880 AM from New York just to hear some baseball? No more Susan Waldman is worth the price of admission alone.
Fantasy team connection? Deeeelightful. I have a crown to defend.
My nightly 3 am insomnia call came, so here’s what I would like to dream about: baseball’s return, only 1 week away.
It appears that spring training games are only available online.
My poor old PowerBook just can’t handle that level of video.
OTOH, live baseball on mah teevee.
Agreed 100%. One of MLB at Bat’s best features is getting to hear Scully and Miller doing Dodger and Giants’ games, and the Mariners’ guys who are great.
The Barves’ guys are pretty bad, mainly because they have to constantly shill for products all game long, but these Orioles’ guys sound bored. But as Chris says, what are they gonna do, talk about the Orioles?
Disney’s attention to detail is amazing. They even got an animatronic Dennis Drinkwater to sit in his seat on the aisle in the second row!
Because of my newish phone, I’ve been listen to and watching a ton of baseball. I don’t really know why (other than it’s a great game), as the BoSox are headed for a losing season, but damn if the Mariners and Giants and Dodgers aren’t great to listen to on my late night drives.
I want to get new caps too. An Ms hat for sure as Seattle is where I want to be. Maybe a Giants cap too.
In short: sprots.
The Rays had a promotion last year that was so stupid it was genius. 10 strikeouts by the starting pitcher got you a coupon for a free pizza that you had to pick up at a furniture store. Seriously.
Because of course you did. That’s tremendous.
Is it weird that I kind of hate hearing the Detroit feeds on XM, because the Blue Cross commercials are no longer Ernie Harwell extolling the virtues of walking?
I would too.
I have a couple of his books, and heard him from time to time on Sox broadcasts when they would talk to him on NESN or on tWWL. What a treasure he was. And a proud Emory alum to boot.