So, we're still hungover after the Cubs win Friday night? But snap out of it. If you don't have cable, you're not going to watch the Cubbies on the tube in the Senior Circuit's division and championship series.
The Hound knows it's the 21st century, but does that mean we have to pay to watch our team? Guess so because once again, keeping so many fans from viewing these historic games is typical of Major League Baseball's treatment of the common fan.
If you are lucky enough to have cable or a dish, you'll be able to watch the North Siders in the playoffs. If you're among the millions in the country without those features, you'll have to rely on the radio if you want live coverage.
The TBS cable superstation has the rights to telecast the National League Division Series and the National League Championship Series. TBS is available only to cable or satellite subscribers.
Here we have the Cubs trying to win their first World Series title since 1908, and many of their fans won't get to see the early-round games. That belongs in the file with Bartman, Leon Durham and the Goat. How unfair is it that loyal fans who have stood by their team all these years will not get to see a shining moment in club history?
In recent years, ESPN did some early-round games. But in those instances, a local station also was allowed to show the games for the benefit of those who do not have cable. A similar arrangement is allowed with ESPN's broadcasts of NFL games. When ESPN does a Bears game, a local Chicago station also may show it.
Hey, If you've got money to spend, baseball will welcome you with open arms. Shame on Major League Baseball and shame on us for putting up with it.
Oh yea, the first division series game begins Wednesday. On cable.