Moving to another state can be a process fraught with peril, and perhaps the greatest peril of all comes when you try to watch your hometown sports teams. Thanks to the miracles of modern technology and satellite television, this particular peril is virtually a thing of the past. Unless, of course, you are a Major League Baseball fan.
Thanks to Bud Selig and his merry band of geniuses at Major League Baseball headquarters deep in the heart of Mordor, many baseball fans across the country cannot, under any circumstances whatsoever, watch their favorite teams play. This is the result of MLBs notorious balckout policy, the laughing stock of the sports broadcasting world no doubt.
This is what the Mariners look like in Hi Def in Utah.
Amieable and I have MLB network, Root Sports NW and every other sports channel imaginable. Right now I can probably watch two guys hit each other with sticks in Uzbekistan, or ostrich races in New Guinea, but I cannot watch the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners are on about a half dozen different stations we subscribe to and the pre-game comes through perfectly, but as soon as the game starts... Nothin. Nada. Noonin. The Uzbek Stick Fighting Premiership (USFP) has a better TV deal than Major League Baseball. Interestingly (or tragically) fans in Alaska have it even worse and the whole state of Iowa is like some kind of baseball-free America where a half dozen teams are totally off limits. That's right, you cannot watch the Cubs from the farm house next to the Field of Dreams. Bud Selig is killing America. I rest my case.
If you really want to make your head explode, check out this handy dandy little "MLB Blackout Map":
Seriously, just look at that thing. Soak it in. You may need to step outside for some fresh air.
So from what we can gather from newspapers, long distance phone calls and rumors from people passing through on the trains, the Mariners are running roughshod over the AL West, right? Awesome. Wish we could see it. I'm sure some of you think not being able to see the Mariners is like some kind vacation from losing. We get that. But for our sake, please don't take Mariner baseball for granted. As Cinderella taught us, you don't know what you got, til its gone...
Or maybe we could watch Texas Rangers broadcasts, and get gems like this?