And so, after today’s win, the Yanks fly back to New York. It’s been sweet having them on my coast and, with all due modesty, I did hold up my end by hosting them successfully. Aside from the Seattle series, they looked mighty fine.
Before I discuss today’s game, however, I need to rant for a sec about Cox Cable, which is supposed to provide me with television broadcasts.
When I turned on the TV before the game I got a blank screen. Apparently, my Extra Innings package, for which I spend far too much money every year, had blacked me out.
No problem, I thought. I’ll just watch on the Angels’ channel like I did on Friday and Saturday.
Not so fast. That channel, the regional FOX sports network, was showing the Dodgers.
Growing panicky, I started flipping around trying to find the game. I went to a zillion different channels and it wasn’t on. I went on Twitter and asked people where the game was. I was told it was on KCOP and tried to find it. No luck.
I called Cox and spent 20 minutes on the phone with a woman who kept saying over and over, “Major League Baseball games are on FOX.”
“They are not!” I kept telling her. “Only the Saturday games. This one is on KCOP. Do I get that channel? Yes or no?”
She put me on hold to check – for another 20 minutes.
“KCOP is an LA-based channel,” she said when she came back on. “You live in Santa Barbara.”
“Um, I know where I live, thanks,” I said, wanting to poke her eyeballs out. “I get LA-based channels here. But do I get KCOP or not? Yes or no.”
To make a very long story short, it took forever for her to finally say “NO.”
And so I listened to the game on the radio. Which is another way of saying that I heard but didn’t see the game.
- It sounded like Colon wasn’t as sharp this time out but still managed to keep the game well in hand.
- It sounded like Cano’s defense dazzled.
- It sounded like Tex is on one of his homer streaks.
- It sounded like Posada tried to stretch a double into a triple and was out by many, many miles. (I thought Sterling and Waldman’s “analysis” of his bonehead move would last forever. They kept repeating, “What made him do that? What was he thinking?”)
- It sounded like Swisher’s homer almost wasn’t. (Sterling: “It is high…No, it’s gonna be foul…No, it hit the foul pole…”It’s Swishalicious!” Oy.)
- It sounded like Gardner got caught stealing again. Is he wearing lead shoes this year?
- It sounded like both Robertson and Joba felt like walking batters, just to live on the edge, but wriggled out of trouble.
- It sounded like Mo got another save.
I love that we won these close games. The boys have earned their day off tomorrow.