Can We Get A Schedule Change, Maybe?

Sunday, April 27, 2008

(posted by One More Dying Quail)

Tonight's ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game calls for Jered Weaver and the Los Angeles Angels to travel to Detroit for a constest against Justin Verlander and the Tigers. That's a nice little matchup, but as Baseball Musings' David Pinto points out, there is a much, much better duel on tap for this afternoon:

Sometimes there's one matchup so outstanding, it just jumps to the top of games to watch. That game takes place in San Diego where Brandon Webb faces Jake Peavy. Consider:

  • Both pitchers are undefeated.
  • Both have ERAs in the low twos.
  • There [sic] in the best pitchers park in the majors.
If this was the ESPN game, the product on the field might almost be good enough to help us ignore the silliness emanating from the booth.

Posted by One More Dying Quail at 12:59 PM


1. Disney doesn't care about the National League

2. Disney REALLY doesn't care about the NL West

3. Disney hates low scoring games.

I think that about sums it up.

Kyle said...
Apr 27, 2008, 2:31:00 PM  

Okay, I think ESPN blows in a lot of ways, but this is simply complaining for the sake of complaining. First, the game tonight is a good matchup (maybe not the best of the day), despite Detroit's early struggles. Second, we should be careful in criticizing ESPN's decision to show few non-LA NL West games. The NLCS was NL West matchup, and the ratings were fairly low on TBS. Perhaps the naive sports fan should be blamed for not tuning in, but not the programming manager who needs to sell ads.

Also, I feel like if ESPN shifted the starting time of the game simply for Sunday Night Baseball, we'd have a new post complaining that the fans with tickets were being screwed simply for ESPN. Don't get me wrong - ESPN does A LOT of things wrong, but tonight's game is not one of them.

Anonymous said...
Apr 27, 2008, 2:54:00 PM  

anonymous, I agree that tonight's matchup is decent (the way these things generally work out, it'll probably end up being better than the D'Backs-Pads game) and I wouldn't expect ESPN to change it just to accomodate a potentially awesome pitcher's duel (I don't think they have the power to do that even if they wanted to).

My only point was that with Webb vs. Peavy, it would've been a lot easier to ignore the sweet ramblings of The Joe and Jon Show.

Apr 27, 2008, 3:04:00 PM  

There, in the best pitchers park in the majors what?
There, in the best pitchers park in the majors, is where the best match-up will be?
There, in the best pitchers park in the majors, they're running a cool promotional night?
There, in the best pitchers park in the majors, the ESPN announcers might not suck so hard?
Or did you mean "They're in the best pitchers park in the majors?"

Jay said...
Apr 27, 2008, 3:10:00 PM  

Where were you to watch Rockies-Diamondbacks last year in the NLCS? If I'm ESPN, or TBS or NBC, I go with big market teams.

Anonymous said...
Apr 27, 2008, 9:53:00 PM  

The reason 2007 NLCS ratings were low is because both were teams that are rarely national tv during the regular season. If they were on tv as much as Boston, Atlanta, and the New York teams; then the would have national fanbases.

Anonymous said...
Apr 28, 2008, 6:32:00 AM  

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