The 2009 postseason is officially underway after the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-1. Cliff Lee completely vindicated manager Charlie Manuel’s decision to start him in the series opener by pitching a complete game, taking a shutout into the ninth inning for good measure.
Yesterday’s ‘play-in’ game between the Tigers and Twins caused consternation among ‘International’ subscribers to MLB.TV as the only viewing option available was TBS’s HotCorner feature: a series of static cameras rather than the proper TV feed.
Thankfully that was a one-off and those of us outside the U.S. borders (and a few other places also covered by the blackout) can follow all of the postseason games live via the usual MLB.TV, GamedayAudio routes and on archive after the games are completed. Note that ‘International’ fans who subscribed to any of the MLB.com packages for the regular season get the postseason as well: you do not need to buy the postseason package separately. ESPN America is also showing a decent number of postseason games. The upcoming schedule can be found here.
Game two of the Rockies-Phillies series, with Aaron Cook and Cole Hamels toeing the rubber, is another 19.37 BST start tomorrow (Thursday). Before then, it’s time to watch the Twins take on the Yankees (23.07 BST) this evening.
Who cares that it’s getting colder outside? October baseball gives you a great reason to stay in anyway.