Anticlimactic

I don’t know about you, boys and girls, but I’ve been waiting all winter to see our starting lineup play. We’ve read about our players, seen them play in other spring training games, and argued about what the lineup should look like. What we haven’t had, however, is the opportunity to see our entire 2010 starting lineup, from top to bottom. This opportunity presented itself to us last night.

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Yesterday – well, early this morning for me – America caught the first glimpse of the full 2010 Yankees starting lineup. The lineup was as follows:
SS – Derek Jeter
DH – Nick Johnson
1B – Mark Teixeira
3B – Alex Rodriguez
2B – Robinson Cano
C – Jorge Posada
LF – Curtis Granderson
RF – Nick Swisher
CF – Brett Gardner
Also, for the first time this year, the great Mariano Rivera was scheduled to pitch. That in itself is something I’ve been waiting for all winter. Mariano hadn’t pitched in a game since the final out that won the 2009 World Series. We were all excited to see him pitch again. 
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It was a joy to watch them all take to the field for the first time in 2010, right?
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We didn’t get to see them play, because the game wasn’t televised!
Yesterday’s game was nowhere to be found! It wasn’t broadcast on national television in the U.S. and it wasn’t on local television in New York. It wasn’t on MLB.tv locally or internationally, and there wasn’t a radio broadcast of the game. All we had to follow the game were the Tweets of the many Yankees beat-writers on Twitter.
How incredibly anticlimactic.
I cannot understand what would possess anyone to think that this important spring training game shouldn’t be televised. My mind cannot comprehend such a thought. A Yankees spring training game with the full starting lineup playing, and Mariano Rivera pitching, would surely bring in higher ratings than regular season games from the Pirates.
The game not being broadcast really enraged me. I’m so desperate for Yankees Baseball that any opportunity to watch them play excites me. I watched the entire Pirates’ Telethon the other day, just to catch a glimpse of my Yankees out on the field. I did that to see our second-string players, you don’t think I’d be excited about watching our starters?
What were they thinking when they decided not to broadcast this game? I understand that the Yankees lineup is fierce, but our national and international security doesn’t depend on the Yankees lineup remaining hidden from the world. So why weren’t we able to watch?
What was the point of not broadcasting the game? The only thing to come out of this decision was a loss of an opportunity to make money off of advertising during the game, while pissing off an entire fan-base. The Pirates’ Telethon the other day was more worthy of being televised? Has Major League Baseball decided to take coverage away from the “big markets” and give it to the smaller markets? Or have they just been smoking some of Omar Minaya’s “good sh*t”?
I don’t understand what happened. I don’t know who the “genius” behind this decision was, but it was an incredibly stupid decision to make. Broadcasting the Yankees game yesterday would have made a lot of money for a lot of people. 
I’d like to comment on the Yankees’ 4-1 win over the Houston Astros, but I can’t really comment on something I didn’t see. All I have is what I read about the game:
  • Mariano Rivera threw 27 pitches in a scoreless inning, and managed to work his way out of trouble. He looked better yesterday than he did in his spring training debut in 2009.
  • AJ Burnett pitched 2.1 innings, in which he gave up 2 hits, 1 run, walked 4 and struck out 2.
  • Mark Teixeira hit the only home run of the game, off of Brian Moehler.
  • Phil Hughes pitched 4 shutout innings, giving up 3 hits, walking 1 and striking out 2.
All of that is fine and dandy, but I don’t like reading about games, I like watching them. I can’t make any sort of original commentary when all I have to work with are numbers. Numbers are important in baseball, but they don’t come close to telling the whole story, especially in spring training. With every game you watch, you gain a deeper understanding of the game, and a deeper feel for the direction in which your team is headed. Depending on statistics and numbers to learn about baseball is how you end up being one of the nerds at Baseball Prospectus, who waste time and energy coming up with stupidity in the form of a PECOTA Depth Chart.
I’m deeply upset about not being able to watch yesterday’s game. It’s as if the Yankees had two off-days in a row. After being starved and deprived of baseball for four long months, I don’t enjoy having baseball taken away from me once it’s begun. There are several circumstances in which I enjoy being teased, but a Yankees game is not one of them.
This better not happen again. If it does, somebody will face my wrath. I don’t know whom to blame for yesterday, but should it happen again, I will find out who’s behind it. Once I do, you will read about it here first.


You can find Beeeebzy’s blog entries and more at 161st-and-River.com

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