A blizzard of snow is hammering against my window, making staying in on a Saturday evening very appealing. Meanwhile the TV listings suggest that being stuck outside in the freezing cold might not be such a bad idea after all (‘Strictly Come X-Factor Get Me Outta Here’ etc). Thankfully, MLB.com offers British baseball fans a chance to stay in the warm whilst retaining the will to live.
As well as various MLB.com programmes, the MLB.com/Live section currently streams some MLB games for free. This normally amounts to an archived game from recent postseason history and a memorable encounter from the season just gone.
Today, Mariners fans smarting from their Team Picker position can cheer themselves up by watching the classic game five of their 1995 ALDS against the Yankees from 16.00 (GMT). At 20.00, it’s a game from the 2008 season between the Braves and the D-Backs, made memorable as it marked a return to the mound by Doug Davis after thyroid cancer surgery.
The two games tomorrow are Game Seven from the 1992 NLCS between the Braves and the Pirates (16.00) and the thirty-five run extravaganza served up by the Rockies and the Marlins this year (20.00).
I’m particularly looking forward to the the evening game on Monday. It was one of the few highlights of the 2008 season for A’s fans: their dramatic twelfth-inning victory over the Angels on 8 June.
So, do not despair. The folks at MLB.com ensure that you don’t have to put up with TV junk and that the off-season doesn’t mean months of baseball cold turkey.