I’ve been a Negative Nevin in the early going here at Padres Public. What can I say, I’m a cranky dude. It’s worse when there’s no baseball.
Take all of last season, for example. Thanks to the ongoing dispute (my linked Baseball Prospectus article is behind the paywall; short version: the situation is convoluted and stupid) between Fox Sports San Diego and Time Warner Cable, I watched five innings of Padres baseball on TV in 2012. It was June 9 and Andrew Cashner made his first start of the year.
My wife and I drove down to the High Dive on Morena that Saturday afternoon and watched Cashner pump serious fastballs for 2 1/3 innings. The most memorable was his third batter of the game, reigning MVP Ryan Braun. From my notes:
Braun struck out swinging on three pitches. He had no chance.
We had to strain a bit to watch the game. The Belmont Stakes and a European soccer match hogged the big screens, so we got a tiny one in the corner. Still, it was better than nothing, which is what we got for the rest of the season.
Having finished our pitcher of the beer formerly known as Yellowtail by the fifth inning, we left the bar and walked it off for a couple of hours before heading home. While wandering around Siesel’s Market and various other locales, it occurred to me that this was not a practical way for us to watch baseball games.
I’ve been vocal in my criticism of the respective parties’ inability to get their act together and do right by the fans. I’ve also largely given up on the cause. I’ve given up cable as well, but that’s another story.
Still, I have that memory of watching Cashner pump serious fastballs past Braun and company on a tiny screen in a friendly bar where folks watched horse racing and soccer. I probably remember that game better than I remember any other the Padres have played in the past several years.
The commodity was made scarce. The value became higher–well, except for the whole losing 86 games thing. I doubt this is what anyone had in mind, but there you go. And hey, those were five glorious innings.
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