I’m all about that baseball

While I was hospitalized, I rediscovered an old friend: baseball. In the period between the time they take the dinner dish away and the time they bring the nightly pain meds, baseball did a wonderful job of filling up the time I would otherwise use bewailing my fate and wishing I was dead.

Unfortunately for me, I managed to be in bed during the All-Star break, so there were a couple of rough nights to be faced. When I finally got out of there, I stayed with it, going back to the ancestral home of baseball: AM radio. No trick to pick up the local Triple-A club, the Oklahoma City Dodgers: they have a deal with one of the smaller stations. Getting the parent club is trickier: they have a nominal local affiliate, but not all the games get through the endless web of tedious talk shows.

When I discovered Sunday that the Pittsburgh Pirates/Los Angeles Dodgers game would not be carried here, I took action. I cranked up the tablet, which doesn’t get enough work, and installed Major League Baseball’s At Bat app, which gives me all the audio I can stand for twenty bucks a year. About halfway through the first inning, I had everything in place and running.

Standard MLB blackout rules apply to the Rangers, the Astros and the Cardinals, though not to the Royals.

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8 comments »

  1. fillyjonk »

    15 August 2016 · 1:48 pm

    I’m not a sports fan, really, but I’ve always had a soft spot for baseball on AM radio. Maybe it’s a vague memory of childhood summers and my dad trying to tune in the Cubs, I don’t know.

    Back in mid-September 2001, after I had bought my house and was scraping and painting MILES of trim before moving in (and cursing the former owner for not knowing the “don’t paint latex over alkyd!” rule). I only had a tiny AM radio with me and my listening choices were a particularly fire-and-brimstone preacher, post-9/11 talk radio, or the Rangers.

    I went with the Rangers. Still do, if I’m back in my sewing room working on something and just want ambient sound, though it seems harder to find them on the radio right now.

  2. CGHill »

    15 August 2016 · 2:04 pm

    Affiliates shift from year to year, and this year’s Rangers network contains nothing really close by: Gainesville, Paris, or Broken Bow.

  3. fillyjonk »

    15 August 2016 · 2:51 pm

    That explains it. They’re probably all too low-power for me to get them. I can pretty much get Dallas and “local” in the house during the day. Sometimes can DX a bit at night but not like I could when I lived in Illinois, for some reason. (I have gotten KMOX but they’re crackly and hard to hear)

  4. CGHill »

    15 August 2016 · 3:13 pm

    In recent years, the FCC has worked diligently to screw things up for DXers. I’m not entirely sure why: a case can be made that we need more local voices, but all those local voices want to be on FM if possible.

  5. CGHill »

    15 August 2016 · 5:15 pm

    I checked the Cardinals’ network: nearest station to you is also the nearest station to me (KREF, 1400 AM, Norman), which I can barely pick up at night. Except for 2006-2010, the Birds’ games have been on KMOX.

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  7. Wombat-socho »

    17 August 2016 · 2:17 am

    Now that I finally have my El Cheapo stereo set up, I really ought to try and tune in the 51s, even if they are a Mets affiliate. On the other hand, I shelled out for MLB.TV and haven’t watched too many games on that – mostly because the Nationals’ Sunday games are mostly on at 11 AM Las Vegas time, and that’s usually only three hours after I’ve hit the rack from Saturday Night Ubering.

  8. CGHill »

    17 August 2016 · 10:44 am

    KBAD (920) apparently carries the 51s games.

    Weirdly, Mandalay, which used to own the 51s, also used to own the RedHawks here in the 405 (now the Dodgers).

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