It’s the fiftieth game of the 2014 season already? Oy!
Dodgers at Phillies, 12:05AM PT, TV: SPNLA
Dan Haren has done better for the Dodgers than I think most fans expected; obviously the front office knew more than we did. He’s 5-2 with a 3.18 ERA and has given the team at least five innings in each of his nine starts.
The Phillies counter with 25-year-old right-handed David Buchanan, who’s taking the place of Cliff Lee (phew! Got past him this time!), who’s on the shelf with a left elbow strain. This will be Buchanan’s major league debut. If any of you went to Georgia State, he’s a fellow Panther. This will be the first time a former GSU attendee has ever started in the big leagues.
#Dodgers lineup at Philadelphia: Gordon 2B Puig RF Ramirez SS Gonzalez 1B Crawford LF Ethier CF Turner 3B Ellis C Haren P
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 24, 2014
Since it’s the 50th game, how are the negotiations between TWC and the cable carriers in LA going? Not well.
There’s a certain irony in this story appearing on ESPN.com; according to a 2013 article by Patrick Hruby at Sports on Earth
ESPN’s monthly affiliate fee is widely expected to rise from $5-plus to more than $7 by the end of the decade. (By contrast, cable’s most-watched network, USA, reportedly charges $0.68.)
If the facts weren’t so clear, one might say to ESPN “aren’t you the pot calling the kettle black?”
Anyway, things aren’t looking good for the average Dodger fan in Southern California who wants to see his or her team on the tube.