Last year, when the Padres games weren’t shown on Time Warner Cable, I was ill-prepared. I didn’t expect the blackout to last all season, and I wasted a lot of time and energy bitching about the situation rather than doing anything constructive. I tried watching a game at a sports bar, but that didn’t work for me.
Fortunately, I learned a few things along the way that might help those of you who also cannot watch the Padres in the comfort of your own home. This could come in handy since Time Warner doesn’t appear to be interested in changing its position regardless of what local politicians may desire.
Yes, Fox Sports San Diego has expanded its reach for the 2013 season, but maybe you’re a stubborn Taurus like me. It is difficult, but not impossible, to survive having no Padres live on television in your home all year. Here are some tips:
- Pretend you are somewhere else – Try an exotic locale, where you know it would be impossible to watch the Padres on TV. Let’s say you’re in Sri Lanka, but with the benefit of being able to hop in your car and be at Petco Park in 30 minutes if you want to watch the game in person.
- Ditch cable – This seems hard until you do it. You think you’ll miss Mantracker and Millionaire Matchmaker but you won’t. You won’t miss commercials or the extra $75 being sucked from your bank account each month. You’ll miss live TV, but not that much. To do this, you’ll need five things:
- An Internet connection
- A Roku box – Allows you to stream video over the Internet
- Netflix – Has a huge selection of streaming movies and TV shows for one monthly price
- Amazon Prime – Covers most of what Netflix doesn’t; there will be overlap, but it’s still way cheaper than cable
- MLB.tv – Watch every game of the 2013 season live (except those involving the Padres if you’re in San Diego; those you can watch approximately 90 minutes after the final out, so you’ll want to stay off Facebook and Twitter if you care about spoilers) and rewatch any of them at any time
- Do other things – While the games are taking place, maybe say hi to the wife and kids or read a good book. Learn a new skill, like playing the guitar or cooking. You’d be surprised at what you can accomplish when you’re not distracted by live baseball on television (to say nothing of Millionaire Matchmaker).
I’m not saying you shouldn’t be mad at the situation. You should, because it is stupid, pointless, and annoying. But being mad only gets you so far in life. Eventually, you need to focus on solutions other than shouting and shaking your fists.
To recap: Pretend you are in Sri Lanka (or some other place that suits your fancy), ditch cable, and do other things. Not only will you survive another season without Padres baseball in your living room, you will thrive!
The team you follow should be so lucky.
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