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Old 06-21-2012, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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Baseball Video Highlights & Clips | TOR@MIL: Braun goes 3-for-4, flirts with the cycle - Video | MLB.com: Multimedia

I think what Braun and Votto did is something you don't see in pro sports anymore, I'm talking about contracts here. Votto and Braun could have got way more money and they pretty much admit it in there statements after they signed their contracts. Braun is doing great this year despite all the Roid talk aka haters. I admire a guy who leaves money on the table to sign a long term deal now rather than big money later although I wouldn't have been mad if Braun did like Prince did. However Francisco Cordero accepted a 46 million dollar contract when the brewers offered him 43M. Francisco was left for dead by the Rangers and it was the Brewers that took a big chance on him and he split for the bigger number!
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Old 06-22-2012, 06:56 AM
 
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I feel your pain! I have MLB.TV Premium and I hate it when ESPN or fox saturday has the game of the day or night and you get a blackout because they want you to watch it on TV instead of mlb.tv What the helll am I paying 130 for then? also FSN-WI is owned and operated by FSN which is from the twin cities and carries Twins and Wild games and some not all but some Twins games are blackout for me. Fine! you want another $20 from me to cover these blackout games then charge me 150 a year! I'll pay it every year. What is also weird is some random white sox and cubs games get blackout for me on mlb.tv I have just assumed it was because it was my game of the region on TV.
My comment referred particularly to the Oakland situation, in which the network that benefits from the blackout then reneges on a tacit agreement to provide coverage of some or all of the games thus affected. To some extent, some degree of blackout policy is justified, but MLB's is insane. The Seattle Mariners blackout zone goes right into North Dakota, where it affects internet subscribers on the edge of Sydney, Montana.

As for your Chicago blackouts, I suspect the cable companies have the attitude 'if in doubt, black it out', an in order to avoid their own exposure to penalties, they black out larger areas than they are supposed to simply because it is easier to throw one big switch, than a lot of little ones. You're lucky you don't live in Iowa, where six teams are blacked out all the time over the whole state.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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There's no way I'm going to pay for a subscription package and have ANY of the games blacked out. It's bad enough that here in northeast Tennessee (300+ miles from Atlanta) MLB and ESPN black out many of the Braves home games. My sister who lives a few miles away in Virginia has no such problem.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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You could watch any sports event on FirstRow Free Live Sports Streams on your PC, Live Football Stream, Myp2p, Live MLB, Live NBA, Live NHL and more... which is free streaming but so so quality and sometimes great quality
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Rather large game for Joey Bats

2 hits, including a homer, 2 walks and 3 RBI.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:17 AM
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Location: Suburban Dallas
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Things got a little explosive in Kansas City as the Royals got done in, as the cross-state Cards scored 10 runs in the first two innings. This only adds to Kansas City's home woes (they're now 11-21 at Kauffman).

The Mets are continuing their pleasantly surprising season by beating the Yankees at Yankee Stadium last night, and ironically, Frank Francisco effectively shut the door on the Yanks' on the heels of those chicken comments that you've heard about by now. At least, he backed himself up. They've also been getting a lot of quality starts lately.

And Houston is once again in a slump. They wasted a good pitching performance by Lucas Harrell and couldn't get any offense going in a 2-0 loss to Cleveland. Dallas Keuchel is going to make his home debut today on the mound at Minute Maid this afternoon, but the Astros' bats have to get it going.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Default Odd Game

In the Giants-A's game last night, the first three Oakland hitters singled off Lincecum, the first six batters reached...then with three runs in and the bases loaded, Lincecum struck out the next three batters. He went on to last six innings, giving up no more hits and striking out 8, all of them swinging strikeouts.

The Giants offense, save a single run in the third, was utterly dormant until....they scored four runs in the top of the ninth to pull ahead 5-3. In the bottom of the ninth, the A's who had not had a hit since the third batter of the game, scored another run on a long home run to center by Reddick. Then Casilla struck out the last two A's hitters to close it out.

Lincecum went from what looked like the end of his career, to pitching a dominating five innings after that, looking like the Tim of old for ...the first time this season.
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Lincecum went from what looked like the end of his career, to pitching a dominating five innings after that, looking like the Tim of old for ...the first time this season.
Lincecum has been a real puzzle this year. I don't recall ever seeing a pitcher who looks so different within a game from start to start. It seems like almost every start he has multiple innings where he looks like his old "great" self, then an inning or two where he seems like he is on the border of being benched.

Almost every start this season it seems he goes through this. I've seen plenty of inconsistency in starting pitchers, but not so much within practically every single game.

I'd contrast this to Ubaldo Jimenez, who had a good start for the Indians last night (6 2/3 innings, no runs, 8 strikeouts). Jimenez has been very inconsistent too, but in his case it is game to game. You never know if you are going to see the good or bad Jimenez, but at least he tends to be one way or the other throughout the game.

Not so with Timmy.
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Baseball Video Highlights & Clips | TOR@MIA: Ruggiano fully extends for unbelievable grab - Video | MLB.com: Multimedia

I came across this amazing catch by Justin Ruggiano while I was looking at some advanced fielding metrics.

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Old 06-23-2012, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Ramon Santiago breaks up Brad Lincoln's no-hit bid in the 6th inning. At least that's what I computed on a spread sheet.
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