In the interest of fairness, as well as what remains of my sanity, I have avoided trashing the MLB Network the last few weeks, in hopes that their weak beginning was just a Fallon-like shakedown cruise.
Now, however, we see that the whole operation is just a cheap, shoestring run piece of crap. I settled into watching the MLB network last night, for a riveting exhibition game between the Mariners and Australia, of all people, who have a team in the World Baseball Classic. Don't get excited, Italy and South Africa, notorious baseball powerhouses, also have teams.
Well, the game was on from Peoria, Az and it took me a while, but I realized in the 2nd inning that MLBN was just piping in the local TV feed from the Seattle crew. It's always nice to know that good flex packages are still available for 6-game sets at Safeco field.
No MLB Content or announcers. Local TV quality graphics. Does anyone support HD MLBN? My cable company doesn't. MLBN is in the upper 100's along with the Jesus Christ Network (all praise his name), the USArmed Forces Channel (those junior petty officer weather babes are kinda hot) and a bunch of food.
No original game content? re-directed local feeds? it's a network on the cheap.
And as Exhibit B, kindly note the high production value, professional delay and otherwise classy approach the other night when Matt Vagersarian managed to say "fuck" on live MLB Network.