August 2006

August 17, 2006

A few gripes for the week (or the month since I have beenawful this year updating my blog. I was much better when this blog was actually
a weekly column and I was forced to write once a week. Also, is there a rule to
how many words can go between parenthesis? This sentence is 90 percent in
parenthesis at this point. Maybe the first six words should actually be in the
parenthesis and the rest should be outside.)

1) The YES Network lists a player’s linescore at the bottom of the screen
during most at-bats (when they don’t forget to put it up on the screen that
is). When they list it, it’s in the following order: AB-H-R-RBI. Any normal
baseball fan who has ever looked at a boxscore knows that the correct order of
a batter?s stats is AB-R-H-RBI, something that has been in place for more than a
century. Yet, YES decided last year that they would try to be different and
confuse every baseball fan out there every time a batter comes to the plate.

After watching 250 or so games the past season and a half, I
still read each player?s linescore incorrectly every single time. Derek Jeter
comes up and I think he is somehow 0-for-3 with three runs scored, instead of
3-for-3 with no runs. Even if this continues for 50 more years, it?s never
going to look right unless every newspaper, website and TV station in the
country decides to follow the YES Network?s example.

I?m sure it?s not an oversight on their part, but just
another case of people changing stuff for the sake of changing stuff, so they
can think they are being useful or creative in their jobs.

2) Yesterday?s groundbreaking at Yankee Stadium was truly
upsetting. I never really believed that the Yankees would go through with this
whole thing until seeing it on TV Wednesday. Like many Yankee fans, I don?t see
the point of this. The most historic stadium in the world is being knocked down
so that a new fan-friendly stadium can be built.

This means is that in three years, the new stadium will be
full of more phony fans who care nothing about the game, tradition and history,
and instead are there just to be there, so they can feel cool or eat from one
of the trendy food stands that I?m sure will show up all over the place. It
means more pompous guys in luxury boxes, getting to the game late, getting
plastered and schmoozing the whole time with clients that they are trying to
impress. I could write a 487-page book on this, but frankly it?s too upsetting
(plus I?m not really up for writing any book that is more than four pages.)

3) With the NFL regular season kicking off in three weeks, I?m
still going to have to spend 11-12 Sundays stuck in a sports bar because few
apartment buildings in New York City can get DIRECTV. I understand why DIRECTV
does not allow cable companies to carry the NFL Sunday Ticket Package, but this
should not be the case in NYC, where people cannot physically get DIRECTV (by
the way, I hate having to type DIRECTV in caps every time. Hitting the caps
lock button multiple times in one paragraph can be very tiring as you all know).

Shouldn?t DIRECTV and Time Warner strike a deal where
customers who live in non-DIRECTV buildings can get Sunday Ticket through their
cable box? I can get NBA League Pass(not that I want it) or MLB Extra Innings this way, why not the NFL?

DIRECTV would probably sell hundreds of thousands of extra
Sunday Ticket subscriptions by doing this. All that they are doing now is
leaving money on the table and forcing people like me to spend $50 at a sports
bar, where I usually can?t even listen to the game b/c the audio for the Giants
or Jets is on instead.

What?s the harm? They won?t lose one DIRECTV subscription
this way, and instead could make and extra $50-100 million. I just don’t get it, and would love an explanation, if anyone actually has a logical one.