Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Really, ESPN? Really? wnba over Bonds?

Barry Bonds has endured more than his share of insults and ridicule (most of which The Dugout believes are deserved), but even the biggest Bonds bemoaners had to be shocked by the events of Tuesday night.

The hundreds of thousands (millions?) of baseball fans across the globe tuned into ESPN2 at 10 p.m. to see if Barry could break the record only to find the game had been moved to ESPNNews. The “Worldwide Leader in Sports” was televising a wnba game that went into double overtime.

Contractual obligations forced ESPN2 to stay with the sub-minor league out-of-season basketball game. Seriously.

Bonds was on deck. He was about to attempt to break the most hallowed record in all of sports, and ESPN could only put it on a channel that doesn’t reach millions of viewers. What did they think they were covering, the NHL?

While many may feel that Bonds' breaking the record without the national spotlight is poetic justice, ESPN execs must have been beating their heads with their shoes for every minute the anti-Heidi dragged on.

Come on Bristol. Someone up there must have the brains to throw the switch. What’s the worst thing that could happen? You lose the wnba contract? Oh rapturous bliss!

Luckily for the baseball world, Randy Wynn made the final out of the first inning, allowing ESPN2 to join the Giants game in the second inning, in time for Bonds first at-bat.

Waiting all year: How long do you think this headline has been in the works? On Saturday Charleston defeated Greensboro 4-3 to give pitcher Jonathon Hovis his first victory of the season. The headline of the RiverDogs press release read:

Smith's 11th Inning Walkoff Single Lifts Charleston as J. Hovis Witnesses First Win


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