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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Why I'm mad at the Red Sox on opening day.

For the record, Mrs Philocrites and I are mad about the Red Sox' exile from broadcast TV this season. We've never had cable, so we always looked forward to the Friday night games on Channel 38 and anything Fox picked up. I resent having to look for a cable package. I'm with the angry fan who wrote to the Globe yesterday: "With the high cost of tickets, attending games with my family is difficult enough; now we can't even watch them on TV. It doesn't seem like a great way to cultivate the next generation of fans or to honor people who have been watching this team for years."

I was surprised to learn, however, that only 6 to 7 percent of us in the Boston area don't have cable. That probably explains PBS affiliate WGBH's virtually inaccessible signal (on both 2 and 44) in Cambridge: After all, who needs "public" TV in the city?

("For unlucky ones, Sox out of sight," Dan Shaugnessy, Boston Globe 1.29.06, reg req'd; "Sox fan's TV lament," letter, Katrina Munichiello, Boston Globe 4.10.06, reg req'd)

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 11 April 2006 at 7:28 AM

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5 comments:

Andrew:

April 11, 2006 12:24 PM | Permalink for this comment

You are not alone in your cableless indignation. Go Sox, even though I can't see you.

fausto:

April 11, 2006 01:01 PM | Permalink for this comment

Philo, you're the Frederic Hedge of your generation, and I mean that as a compliment.

Philocrites:

April 11, 2006 04:58 PM | Permalink for this comment

Fredric Henry Hedge was a Red Sox fan? Who knew?! (Thanks for the compliment, Fausto. Would you believe that I have a homemade Hedge refrigerator magnet, given by a friend?)

By the way, I should note that Mrs P and I do watch a lot of 'GBH programming, despite the static and elaborate manipulation of rabbit ears it takes to get anything like a clear picture. The cast of "Bleak House," for example, seemed to double on our set, but we convinced ourselves that all the ghosts just enhanced the mood. Channel 44, however, is usually a lost cause.

fausto:

April 11, 2006 05:39 PM | Permalink for this comment

Fredric Henry Hedge was a Red Sox fan?

You'll have to summon the spirit of Abner Doubleday to answer that one, I'm afraid, but maybe some spiritualists from the Universalist side of the house would be able to assist.

I was referring more to his resistance to newfangled ideas.

Philocrites:

April 11, 2006 05:44 PM | Permalink for this comment

The next thing you know, I'll get me a "Web log" and a portable MP3 player! ;)



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