I recently decided to add the "Sports Entertainment Package" to my cable subscription plan from Comcast on a six-month trial basis. Aside from a three-day cable "outage" I experienced last week, I feel like it's been a pretty good investment.
I'm really glad that I get the MLB Network now. Unlike ESPN, the analysts on MLB Network actually spend time on their highlight shows talking about teams other than the Yankees and Red Sox. I feel like I'm getting a broader view of what is going on around the league. Whenever I tune into Baseball Tonight, it seems like they are trying to figure out what's wrong with the Red Sox and what's wrong with "Little Papi."
(Editor's Note: "Big Papi" is no longer a fitting nickname for David Ortiz, because he's batting .146).
MLB Network is starting out the year with a promotion called "30 clubs in 30 days." At some point in April, every team in the league has had or will have a game featured on the network. Today before work, I watched a good chunk of a matinee between the Royals and the Blue Jays. It was a nice pitching matchup between KC's Zack Greinke and Toronto's Shaun Marcum. The Royals won 4-3 in 10 innings on a solo home run by Alex Gordon (pictured).
Tomorrow afternoon, MLB Network will be featuring a game between the Twins and the Indians. I'll probably watch some of that before I come to work. ESPN may find this hard to believe, but as a White Sox fan, I would rather watch the Twins and Indians than their beloved Yankees and Red Sox. In fact, I enjoyed watching the Royals and Blue Jays today.
Would ESPN even think to televise such games? I figure not. This summer, I think I'll be watching MLB Network instead of ESPN for my national baseball coverage.