Isn’t ESPN Boston redundant? Like, the same thing as an ATM machine or a PIN number? Isn’t saying ESPN Boston the same thing as saying ESPN ESPN?
Is the world of New England sports underrepresented somehow by the worldwide leader in sports? Are we lacking in Tom Brady status updates? Are there not enough of Peter Gammons’ prognostications on the airwaves?
What’s next? ESPN New York? ESPN Philadelphia? ESPN Brett Favre?
Happy New Year!
I thought I’d change the look of this place. I like it, and the color blue is obviously a lot more simpatico with the Dodger-leaning writing here.
The background photo is a panoramic shot of the L.A. Coliseum during last year’s baseball exhibitions with the Dodgers and the Red Sox.
As for other news on this first day of the year … I won’t bother to link, but the baseball card blogosphere is clearly happy with the debut of the MLB Network yesterday.
Obviously, programming was pretty sparse although I’m sure this will change as the season draws closer. It’s nice to see some familiar broadcasting faces in Bob Costas as well as Al Leiter, some new blood in Barry Larkin, but I’m definitely not pleased to know underinformed blowhards such as Matt Vasgersian (Padres TV play-by-play), Jon Heyman and Tom Verducci (Sports Illustrated), and Harold Reynolds (ESPN) will be coming along as well.
I am however 100% stoked on seeing classic games re-broadcast, as ESPN Classic never seems to show anything other than the same old bunch of games everyone’s already seen.
I just wish they could’ve picked another game as their initial foray into the archives. Not that Don Larsen’s perfect game wasn’t noteworthy, but I really dislike seeing the Dodgers on the wrong end of history. I mean, hearing Jack Buck’s “GO CRAZY FOLKS!” and Russ Hodges’ “THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT” was aggravating enough. I almost expected a video loop of Al Downing and Chan Ho Park giving up their historic home runs to come up as well.
On a lighter note, hearing about baseball makes me pine all the more for baseball season to get under way. I say this even though I’ve yet to dance with my late-winter/early-spring mistress, NCAA basketball. And it doesn’t help that the wife and I are going to be visiting (well, more like driving through one and stopping in two) three different minor league cities soon!