Baseball on the Boob Tube
January 28th, 2010 by slangon

I think it’s relatively safe to say that everyone out there reading this is a baseball fan in some capacity. I don’t know if it’s as safe to say that everyone out there is a cable TV subscriber. I think it’s even more unwise to assume that everyone out there has access to the MLB channel.

I have had this channel for a while, I think. I know I’ve watched parts of last years WBC on it. For some reason though, I haven’t watched it regularly all that much until recently. Last night, however, I saw one of the coolest things ever on it. They were airing a condensed version of the 1967 All-Star Game, played in the then newly opened Anaheim Stadium.

It ended up being a 15 inning affair that was won by the National League 2-1. Being as I’ve been scoring a goodly amount of vintage cards lately, especially vintage cards of All-Star caliber players, it was really awesome to see these guys. I mean, of course I know who Juan Marichal is, and of course I know how awesome he was and he was a perennial All-Star and now resides in Cooperstown and all that. But all that takes a back seat when you actually get to watch him pitch, striking out the likes of Harmon Killebrew, Carl Yastrzemski and Mickey Mantle. Or actually getting to watch Brooks Robinson diving left and right at third, snagging balls that you thought were surely going down the line for a stand-up double. Or watching Richie Allen launch one over the wall in the deepest part of the park.

It was also really funny to hear the announcer referring to the A.L. first base coach as “Coach Stanky”.

One Response to “Baseball on the Boob Tube”

  1. I watched it too… I actually dragged my better half into the room… After having paused the screen with Mr. Stanky in the 1st base box, bending over, exposing his ridiculously oversized “STANKY” on his jersey back.

    99% of my “You Gotta See This” moments are met with derision. This one was met with a “Beautiful!”

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