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The Case for Baseball On the Radio

David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

There is obviously nothing better than going to Target Field and paying $11 for a brat and another $15 for a drink, right? Many people think the next best thing is watching on TV. Now for those of you who live in Minnesota and have access to Fox Sports North, this may be true, but pay attention nonetheless. I live in western Wisconsin (not out of choice), son of a Minnesotan, whose father was a Minnesotan, whose father's father was a Minnesotan... etc. All I can get on TV is those gosh darn Brewers games. Therefore, I must resort to desperate measures. Now I have two options: Either fork out hundreds of dollars for MLB.tv, or get the At Bat app for twenty bucks and listen to the soothing voices of Danny Gladden and Cory Provus. I of course choose the radio, and voila! Baseball!

There are many fans out there who think that this is old-fashioned, outdated, boring. You can't see the fancy graphics or pitch-count meters. You miss the shots of the old man behind home plate picking his nose. With no offense to Bert Blyleven, give me a break! There is almost nothing that TV broadcasts give you that actually is of vital importance to the game that you can't get through the radio. Plus, you can listen to the games virtually everywhere, like in your yard, at a wedding, or in my case, in study hall at my high school.

Another argument against the radio is the fact that you can't tell what type of stuff the pitcher has. "I can't tell if Perk's breaking ball is breaking!" "How am I supposed to know if Pavano is debuting a new 'stache?" Well the solution for the first is this thing called imagination, and the solution for the second is the fact that we no longer have to worry about Pavano's facial hair.

I just can't get that there are people out there who are so easily bored by radio broadcasts. They hold your attention in a way that only a live game can. Personally, I zone out when watching a game on the tube. My imagination is much more fascinating to me than the reality of a half-full stadium on a cloudy day. In my mind, Target Field is always packed to capacity, the sun is always shining (unless it's a night game), and I just let the announcers take the rest. I don't see how you can beat that.

This may sound like the rambling of a mad-man, or someone from 1925, or someone who is bitter that he can't watch all the games. Believe whatever you like, but I for one am always going to prefer the sound of a radio to the migraine-inducing screen of a television. Let me know which you prefer.

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