Getting into the Grand Old Game with Satellite TV
Every springtime, that familiar buzz of baseball returns to the air. In many ways, it has been there for as long as America has existed. Records exist that describe aides of then-General Washington passing the time with a game which sounds like a precursor to baseball. The game has come along way since then, especially in the way it is being presented. The new Yankee Stadium is a far cry from the fields of dreams of yesteryear. Likewise, the presentation of the game on satellite TV is remarkably improved.
Finally, a chance to see the action everywhere: If there was a complaint common to every baseball fan a few years ago, it was the inability to see their favorite team play every game. Whether blackout restrictions existed or some other programming snafu interfered with the broadcast, it seemed ludicrous that fans would be denied coverage in these times. Today's satellite TV packages give baseball fans the chance to see every game, whether your team is playing out on the West Coast or stopping down in Florida to battle the Marlins or Rays. Also, you have the chance to see what rivals are up to when you have MLB Extra Innings. It doesn't matter who has the licensing rights anymore if there's a game on TV somewhere, you can watch it.
Coverage that does the game justice: The amount of care that goes into the maintenance of a baseball diamond is mind-boggling. Going to the stadium on a perfect summer day, you get the full impact of how beautiful these fields can be. Unfortunately, before the arrival of high definition to television sets everywhere, the game looked much duller when you couldn't make it to the park. Today's HD broadcasts present the game in its full glory, from the lines of chalk leading to the outfield to the smudged cork beneath a batter's eye. Considering the pace and setting of America's pastime, baseball really is the most picturesque sport and deserves the best visual coverage.
Different points of view: When Harold Reynolds was fired from ESPN for disputed reasons, baseball fans lost one of the most charismatic analysts around. Fortunately, the arrival of the MLB Network offered him a chance to return to the action. The MLB Network brought more than Reynolds along with it. It solved the most pressing need for all baseball fans: a 24 hour, baseball-only network. Have you ever been looking for Dodgers highlights and been forced to sit through a roundup of European soccer? The MLB HD network not only offers high quality analysis and highlights; it is also broadcasting games and doing live look-ins to contests across the country. It's like having a remote control with the total baseball switchboard at your disposal.
A lot has changed since Washington's time, and since the days when Sitting Bull's squad defeated the traveling Union Army team by a wide margin. The game itself is remarkably similar; the presentation via satellite networks is infinitely better.