Here we go again, yet another spring with scarce opportunities to watch the Dodgers play Spring Training games. This despite the fact the team has an $8 billion dollar broadcasting deal, a 24-hour channel available, and all the equipment and people in place to show it.
Today the Dodgers’ ace, the man whom some refer to as the best pitcher on the planet, Clayton Kershaw, will go up against the Dodgers hated rivals, the San Francisco Giants. Never mind it’s early March and the later innings will probably be contested by single and double AA players.
It’s the Dodgers against the freakin’ Giants!
Both fan bases care who wins, and plenty of baseball fans, whether wearing Dodger blue or not, are very interested in watching Mr. Kershaw work.
But that’s not going to happen. The Dodgers, in their infinite baseball marketing wisdom, have decided it’s not worth their time and efforts to offer the game via television. I guess they figure Dodger fans would rather watch, and sponsors would rather pay for ads on the umpteenth airing of “Backstage Dodgers” or some other thousandth-time rerun, instead of live baseball action. Go figure.
Baseball just kicked a hundred years of gameplay and tradition to the curb by eliminating the four-pitch walk in a ridiculous effort to snare new baseball fans and keep the ones they already have from leaving (as if true baseball fans would rather watch cricket).
Well, I’ve got news for MLB…that rule change is not going to convert a single person on the planet into a baseball fan, and it’s going to sour a lot of purists. If there’s any sport with a claim on purists, it’s baseball.
You know what does create fans? Access to the darn games!
The ability to watch our favorite players is what keeps fans invested in a team. Sharing the game with our children and friends is what creates new generations of fans – not a silly high sign from a manager in a dugout calling for an intentional walk.
I just don’t get it. All of the infrastructure is already in place. The lights, cameras, wires and broadcast personnel are already there. It’s a home game, against the Giants…and Kershaw’s on the mound!
No matter. The Spring will not be televised.