Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
The Red Sox will play baseball today, but nobody outside of Florida will have a chance to see it.
Today the Red Sox will play baseball. At 1:35 p.m. they'll take on the Northeastern Huskies, and at 4:00 they'll face the Boston College Eagles.
At 1:35 p.m. the team's flagship network, NESN, is in the midst of a two-hour block of NESN Daily. Over the next six hours, there's exactly one hour not dedicated to the sort of produced content that fills in the holes between actual events, and that's an hour of off-brand poker, all leading up to the night's actual content: Bruins vs. Lightning.
For WEEI, it's Mut & Merloni and The Big Show all the way through.
It's the year 2013 and you can watch just about everything. From a Russian hockey game to a security camera on the streets of London, if it's being captured on video chances are you can find it. Two things you won't be able to find: Red Sox vs. Northeastern, Red Sox vs. Boston College.
Spring training is not the most enthralling of events on the whole. I've spoken of the fatigue that it quickly brings with its empty nature. But it's February 21st and the Red Sox have not played baseball since October 3rd. In some ways they haven't done so since September 29th, 2011. In game number one, almost the entire starting lineup will see action. In game number two, Jackie Bradley and Xander Bogaerts will both make appearances. We are a starving fanbase, and tonight someone is giving away free food, but nobody will point us in the right direction.
This spring, 18 Red Sox games will be broadcast either on television or radio. It's a decent number, but one that looks a lot less impressive when you realize the Sox are playing 38 between now and April 1st. And to miss out on the first games of the year, even if they're the sort that end 25-0, mean nothing, and tell us nothing, still sucks. No fancy words or phrases needed: it just plain sucks.
Today the Red Sox will play baseball, but as our own Matt Collins asked today: if a team plays baseball but nobody can see or hear them, did a team really play baseball?