The long winter is finally over: The Braves play their first Grapefruit League today, against the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. Unfortunately, unless you’re at Joker Marchant Stadium this afternoon, you won’t get to see any of the action — and that’s the way it will be for most of March.
After tomorrow’s game against the Astros, which will be broadcast on ESPN, we won’t see the Braves on TV until Friday, March 27, when they play the Tigers at 1:05 p.m.
I’m hoping that maybe they just haven’t completely filled out their broadcast schedule yet, but I’m guessing that’s not the case. Is it the economy, which seems to take the blame for everything these days? Does it have something to do with the World Baseball Classic being shown on ESPN? Are the new broadcast teams still working out the kinks? I’m not sure what the explanation is, but I know I’m disappointed.
It’s a shame we won’t get to familiarize ourselves with Garret Anderson or Derek Lowe or watch the youngsters battle it out for roster spots and playing time. Heck, I just like having baseball on again, no matter who’s out on the field.
On the bright side, sort of, we will have radio broadcasts on WGST 640 on weekends, starting Friday, March 6, with a 7:05 p.m. game against the Astros. But that brings up another difficult subject: No Skip and no Pete.
I often look wistfully at the radio in my kitchen, which has carried the voices of those two guys as long as that radio has been there, and I know it won’t be the same this year. I’m sure Jim Powell is a nice guy, and it’ll be good to have Don Sutton back, but they’ve got some impossible shoes to fill. It may be a Braves game on the radio, but it won’t feel like a Braves broadcast.
So what are your thoughts on this spring’s broadcast schedule? What do you think of the new broadcast teams?
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