(Pardon the rant but I had to get it out.)
I loathe Sunday Night ESPN games.
I don’t like going to them, I don’t like watching them and I wish ESPN would stop showcasing the Yankees and the Red Sox nearly every time they play against each other.
People across the country don’t give a rat’s ass about the Yankees and the Red Sox and frankly, fans of the two teams are sick and tired of this “rivalry” being shoved down our throats.
Another thing that’s bothersome about the Sunday night game is the start time. Starting the game at 8 P.M. is just insane. Why not 7 P.M.? Do we really need that hour of Baseball Tonight beforehand? Here’s the answer to that question: No, we don’t. Most people don’t care what Curt Schilling has to say about anything but giving him a showcase to pontificate before a Yankees-Red Sox game is the absolute worst thing ever.
Games between the Yankees and Red Sox usually take a long time to begin with but putting them on ESPN and airing the game that much later in the day makes them feel 10x longer. If you throw in that late start time and combine it with extra long commercial breaks, it sometimes feels like you’ve aged a year while watching the game.
When going to these games – I have the Sunday plan. Lucky me. – I usually don’t expect to get home until the wee hours of the morning. At least if I’m home, I’m close to my bed but that still doesn’t make it less annoying for me or for other fans.
And while I may not work full-time at the moment I do remember how I would be a useless pile of goo on the Monday following a Sunday Night ESPN game – well, more useless than a typical Monday. It was as if I were hungover even though I hadn’t touched a drop of alcohol.
This nonsense must cease.
ESPN needs to stop torturing all of us. In all seriousness, I’m getting too old to be staying up and watching five-hour marathon games. It’s not fun.
It’s also not fun listening to the inane commentary during the games. And what’s worse than that? Dealing with the “build-up” beforehand. If someone wakes up at 9 A.M. on a Sunday they have 11 hours to try and avoid stupid commentary by people you never heard commentary from before the advent of social media. Ahem, beat writers.
Can you imagine how awful tonight is going to be with all of the Alex Rodriguez drama happening this weekend? If you thought ESPN’s scorecenter sending out updates every time Alex came to bat was annoying, tonight’s broadcast will be even worse.
“Wow, listen to the Boston fans boo Rodriguez!”
THEY ALWAYS BOO ALEX RODRIGUEZ.
And what will it take for this madness to finally end? Does it have to be horrible seasons by both ball clubs to ensure that they wouldn’t attract big ratings? If that’s the case…SOLD! Hell, I’d take a complete overhaul if it meant I wouldn’t have to deal with FOX or ESPN games for a couple of seasons.
PLEASE STOP THE INSANITY.