Cuba-Puerto Rico? Or UCLA-Michigan?

So, last night, I’m sitting in my condo where I stay during Spring Training. And, you know, I’m a baseball fan. Love the game. So I think to myself, ‘Self, isn’t that Cuba-Puerto Rico game going on now?’

You know, the elimination game in the World Baseball Classic. You know, the game between the team filled with stars like Carlos Beltran, Ivan Rodriguez and Bernie Williams and the team that has been the dominant force in international baseball.

And so I think to myself, ‘Self, wouldn’t it be great to watch that game?’ Especially given that it was taking place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the crowd would be just incredible to boot.

And so I pick up the remote and flip to one of the networks covering the Classic. And they’re showing the NIT. And I go to the other network on my cable provider that is covering the Classic. And they’re also showing the NIT, followed by some regular-season college softball. Not the softball College World Series. Regular-season softball.

Any World Baseball Classic? Nope. Nowhere to be found. I believe it was on channel 14,319 at 3:36 a.m. ET. I would have been delighted to watch the game on MLB.TV, but unfortunately we only have dialup Internet in our condo, so that was out.

I’ve been consistently amazed by how hard these games have been to find on TV. The US-Korea game on Tuesday night was also not carried live on my cable, even though it started at 10 pm ET — not exactly a time slot filled with bigger live events.

I have been geeked about the World Baseball Classic since there was first any acknowledgement that it might happen. And even with that, I’ve enjoyed it more than I expected. The competition has been close, intense and entertaining, the drama has been high, it’s really been terrific.

Moreover, it’s very cool that people all over have been able to watch this event online; I’m proud that MLB.com has offered that. But otherwise, I’m befuddled and dumbfounded that this fantastic tournament has been buried on three-digit channels and in the wee hours of the morning. MLB and the players association have come up with what I hope will be one of the game’s great success stories. Next time around, let’s get it on live TV in prime time when the games are happening, so people in the US can enjoy it the way the rest of the world seems to be.

-M.

4 Comments

I am so embarrassed that we lost to Mexico. No offense to them, I just thought we were so much better than that. We had great guys with a lot of potential to go farther into this competition.

Yep, the WBC has turned out way more interesting than I expected. However, watching has been difficult – even with TiVo as the slotted times aren’t always right on. I’ve recorded several more hours of tennis matches than baseball!

Fellow fans,
We now have to pay for game-cast(free last year), we get to watch poker on espn(is it really a sport), we get to have no WBC on cable, not even PAC10 ball on the west coast. I think the whole internet system is being taken slowly away from us, and what can we do about it? Anyone else out there disgrunted with it all, call your cable company and tell them you are dis-satisfied with their choice of programing, or is it because they make more money on Poker than Baseball. Tellem your thoughts. bb

I’m typing this from San Diego. Our tv coverage of the World Baseball Classic has been decent, because our cable system has a proprietary channel, 4sd (4sd.com) which carried something like 15 games live.

I guess we are lucky here because the WBC has been widely supported in San Diego because this is a multicultural town, a border town to Mexico. 4sd carried games not carried on “the mother station” or “the duece” (…or “the ocho” with pro dodgeball).

Even the few games that weren’t on any of these stations were carried on ESPN Deportes, which of course is standard with the digital cable because of our bilingual city. I just had to listen in Spanish (no, the SAP button did not switch it to English).

I have been lucky enough to see both semi-final games live, and I’m leaving for the final soon. It has been a real treat to have the center of baseball in beautiful Petco Park this weekend. And I have seen some great baseball. Yes, I stayed throughout the entire 45-minute rain delay in San Diego (sic) just to see Japan clinch the spot in the final. Exciting baseball.

Today’s finale should be interesting. I’m predicting a low scoring game, the first team to score four runs wins.

Great Blog, obynag. I’ll check it again now and then and maybe leave another post.

Peace, Sean

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