Tagged: Red Sox

my take on the MLB Network

190px-MLB_Network_Logo.pngI was probably as excited about the MLB Network’s January 1 launch as the next MLB blogger when I first heard about it during last year’s post season.  When we moved into our new home in December, I made sure we’d receive the MLB Network as part of Comcast’s digital TV package ( OK, we mainly went digital so my son could watch Noggin!). 

MLB Network has promised to provided balanced coverage of all 30 MLB teams, but they have thus far failed.  I know, it’s only January this year’s hot stove is unusually cool, but do we REALLY need to see Red Sox Memories  and the ’04 and ’07 World Series replayed EVERY week???  How ’bout a special about 2008’s best story – the Rays?

I get it chowderheads, the Red Sox won the World Series in 04 and in 07 – the only team to do so twice this decade.  Fenway sells out every game and the Sox have the highest road attendance in MLB – they are clearly America’s favorite team today.  But seriously, if I wanted this much Red Sox coverage, I would put on ESPN.

On the bright side – I love the “Seasons” show (I’ve seen 86,  95 and 01).  Ken Burns’s Baseball should be required viewing, and the specials on Hank Aaron and the Negro Leagues have lived up to their names. 

I’m looking forward, of course to the WBC coverage and I’m especially pleased to hear that MLBN will be covering the Carribean Series.  This will probably be the first time most American fans get to see the game from South of the Border.  That, and MLBN will be able to finally begin broadcasting, recaping and analyzing games

FINALLY!

The Tigers finlly enter the win column last night with a big 7-2 win over the Red Sox.  Marcus Thames continues his work as the Red Sox killer, with a two run homer.

Superstitions are everywhere in this game; now I just hope I don’t have to pull up a bar stool at the Kickin’ Chicken in order for the tigers to put up a “W”.

The bleeding continues…

The Tigers (wait for it…) lose again.  5-0.  There’s not a lot to say about the game, since there wasn’t a whole lot of offense or defense on behalf of the Tigers.

I think people are FINALLY starting to realize that Jason is an utter train-wreck.  How this guy has kept his job this long is beyond me. 

Somebody better teach Carlos Guillen to play first base before he gets plowed down.  The guy covers first base like a first time little leaguer.  Did he look this bad in Spring Training?  Anyone?

In good news:  Kudos to the Red Sox for some VERY classy Opening Day festivities bringing out legends from ALL of Boston pro sports teams.  Most of all for having Bill Buckner throw out the first pitch, and the tremendous reception the Fenway faithful gave him!  I guess winning 2 World Series in 4 years has a way of exorcising 86 years worth of demons.

Shades of 2003 continue, except these guys have a proven track record.