The smell of fresh-cut grass, the crack of the ball off of the bat, the cleats clapping on the sidewalk like a bizarre sort of show pony parade, and the warm (Arizona/Florida) sun beating down. Pitchers and catchers make their annual return to (city) today, the official start of Spring Training. For the (team) and 29 other clubs, hope once again springs eternal.
We’re officially a week in to the 2013 baseball season. The results have not been spectacular, to say the least. It’s amazing what happens when you’re missing your two best hitters and you fail to upgrade your starting pitching, isn’t it? But that’s not what I’m here to talk to you about today. Allow me to sell you on a new way of watching the Padres. I call it The Two Screen Experience.
You’re missing out on a great opportunity. The games are on and you’re just sitting in front of the TV watching them, listening to Dick and Mud, drinking a nice spring beer like an IPA or a saison, and maybe checking out the latest articles posted on Padres Public or following along to our in-game commentary at #PPLive on Twitter.
That’s fine, but I’m here to tell you that there’s so much more. Read More…
Yesterday, Padres CEO Tom Garfinkel joined Scott & BR on the team’s flagship (err, only radio affiliate) to discuss the situation with Time-Warner Cable and Fox Sports San Diego (here’s a transcript, since I’m trusting you’re not a “Great Friend”). Giving a rundown of the situation, Garf states that TWC suggests the only way they plan to pick up FSSD is if fans leave in droves:
“I think Time Warner, you know, we want them to pick up the games. We asked them directly, but they gave us really no indication that they plan to pick up the games. In fact, they suggested it’s not likely unless there’s a critical mass of their customers who leave to their competitors.”
Garf also suggested that Time-Warner has taken a stance in negotiations, and refuses to budge: