For those of you who follow me on twitter, you know that I am a HUGE Tampa Bay Rays fan who has the misfortune of living in New York. As a result, I subscribe to MLB.TV because I want to follow my favorite team throughout the season. I love the spirit and the tenacity with which Tampa Bay approaches each and every game. I believe in their manager Joe Maddon, who is unafraid to think outside the box with his unique philosophies. It seems at times that Maddon is playing chess, meanwhile other managers are merely playing checkers. I also enjoy watching their franchise player, Evan “Next Level” Longoria who has always been known as a dynamic young player. However, as a healthier and visibly lighter Longoria takes the field this year, Evan has evolved his game to the next level through hard work and dedication. His unique attributes that allow him to set the tone for his team both offensively and defensively, inspired me to coin the nickname “Next Level” Longoria.
The Rays collectively face adversity head-on each season. In a clustered division filled with teams who have many more resources to be competitive, Tampa Bay’s ‘David vs Goliath’ struggle for respect has endeared this native New Yorker to follow their team. I am inspired by what the Rays have been able to accomplish in Maddon’s tenure with Tampa Bay, because I too am fighting a similar battle for respect as my makeshift sports blog is slowly gaining more momentum in the twitter universe. One day I hope to become the Tampa Bay Rays of my realm, gaining millions of followers and fanfare from scratch. They are not just a baseball team to me: Tampa Bay’s success provides the blueprint for me to accomplish enormous feats and become a recognized force in my genre of sports blogging.
Needless to say, I was very upset when I was un-able to watch the live July 6th matchup between the Rays and Whitesox, a game which the Rays won 3-0. I believe that as a paid subscriber of MLB.TV, I should have the option to watch whichever regional Fox Saturday Baseball contest that I want. After all, that is the whole point of paying my yearly subscription to MLB.TV. Instead, the game designated for my region was the New York Mets vs the Milwaukee Brewers, good grief!
If I was satisfied with just watching the New York Mets as they continue yet another furious race towards the N.L. East cellar in 2013, I wouldn’t have bothered to purchase MLB.TV. Likewise, if I was satisfied with watching the New York Yankees on their self-serving channel known as the YES network, I wouldn’t have purchased MLB.TV either. While I do watch YES from time to time if the Rays are on, the YES network has soured my entire opinion of Yankees baseball, which is why I needed a change in the first place. The YES network’s exhaustive efforts to convey a perception that Yankees baseball is somehow God’s gift to the community has turned me off as a fan. I can more closely identify with Tampa Bay as they seemly must work twice as hard, just to earn half the respect of their AL East opponents.
We live in an era where you no longer are forced to watch the home sports team(s) if you don’t want to. Fans now have more rights than ever before, and those rights were taken away from me on July 6th. As our nation just celebrated its 237th birthday, I would like to start another revolution. This revolution however, will take place on a much smaller scale. I want MLB.TV to STOP blacking out regional FOX Saturday Baseball games. I DEMAND to see all 162 games of my Tampa Bay Rays because I am a PAID SUBSCRIBER!
In the interest of principles and good taste, I refused to watch the New York Mets game because they simply haven’t been a relevant franchise to me since Dwight Gooden and Ron Darling were in the starting rotation many moons ago. The Mets ended up losing 7-6 to the Brewers on July 6th. Let’s go Rays Nation! Help start a revolution!