Does anyone think MLB blackout rules are archaic? Back in the day, when I was a teen, probably half of the Cardinals games would be shown on TV. Lots of times, the Cardinals would play the Cubs or Braves and the game would be shown on one of the SuperStations. But, since I lived in StL, the game would be blacked out and I'd have to listen on the radio. Until yesterday, AT&T U-Verse and Fox Sports were in a dispute in which AT&T would not show all the games that someone with cable, DirecTV or DISH would be able to see (they worked out a deal yesterday). Anyway, I also subscribe to MLB.TV and previously used to buy MLB Extra Innings to watch more out-of-market games. But, because of blackout rules, I could never watch live Cardinals games on either. I understand the TV networks want to protect their investments but I don't understand why someone who pays EXTRA shouldn't be allowed to watch whatever game they'd like. Also, when Fox shows Saturday Baseball, you cannot watch any other game than the one they provide to you. If I pay for the service, why can't I watch whichever game I'd like? It makes no sense to me. Sorry for the long rant.
It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it most, it goes and summer is gone. ~Bart Giamatti
In our sun-down perambulations, of late, through the outer parts of Brooklyn, we have observed several parties of youngsters playing "base," a certain game of ball...Let us go forth awhile, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our close rooms...the game of ball is glorious. ~Walt Whitman