A’s fall in extra innings – not that anyone in the Bay Area could’ve watched

You may have heard that the baseball season got underway this morning with the A’s and the Mariners squaring off in Japan, and I say “heard” because in the Bay Area there was no other option besides listening on the radio for A’s fans to follow the game.

CSN California chose not to carry the game, instead opting for infomercials.

MLB Network showed the game, but on tape delay starting at 6am.

The only live option to watch the game was ROOT Sports. Unfortunately the only live option was blacked out in the Bay Area because of the arcane rules regarding watching teams in your home market play. Apparently this is something that is unbending, even when the local cable company decides not to carry the game.

So much for the excitement of opening day. As Grant Brisbee of SB’s Baseball Nation puts it, no one cares about the A’s:

No one gives a crap about the Oakland A’s:
And I’m not writing that in the ha-ha sense. I’m including Major League Baseball in this heading. The whole reason the teams are over in Japan has nothing to do with us. I can understand that. It was to expand the game’s reach, to broaden the international markets. Teams were going to have to make sacrifices. Let’s see, we’ll bring the Mariners because of the star power of Ichiro, and … the A’s because no one gives a crap.

An Opening Day without a live broadcast is unthinkable, even if it starts at 3:00 a.m. local time. But MLB doesn’t care because it’s the A’s. And the MLB Network has no problem running the game on a tape delay after the 392nd repeat airing of 30 Clubs in 30 Days runs from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. because it’s the A’s.

This reminds me of the Montreal Expos in 2000, when they didn’t have an English-language radio deal. It’s not as serious, but almost as offensive.

I can’t say that I disagree with that assessment even though I do  know that there are some people that care — just not the ones that make important decisions in baseball. If the other Bay Area team was the one playing, I can guarantee this game would’ve been aired live … hell, the start time probably would have been moved to the early afternoon to start this game in the evening for West Coast fans.

As for the actual game that was played, it was a classic pitchers’ duel between Felix Hernandez and Brandon McCarthy. The Athletics’ big signing, Yoenis Cespedes, went 1-for-3 in his MLB debut with a sharp double. Ichiro Suzuki had 4 hits that got the crowd in Tokyo pumped up.  It was an exciting game and a shame that baseball fans in the Bay Area didn’t have the choice to watch it.

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Scott "Bay Area Stats Guy" Willis is a life long sports fan who has a fascination with the statistical side of things. He has been writing on these here internets about the San Francisco Giants since 2010 at Crazy Crabbers and at Bay Area Sports Guy since 2011 but if you dig real deep some of his high school newspaper stuff is out there too. You can follow him on twitter @BAStatsGuy or Google +Scott Willis

10 comments
Jeff
Jeff

Don't like the way MLB treats a 9 time WS champions. If it were the Red Sox vs Yankees, you'd be your booty they would have showed that live and had Fox Sports promote the crap out of it.

Julie
Julie

There WAS another viewing option in the Bay Area. Justin.TV.

John Sports
John Sports

Great Article, You could not be more Dead on with this one BASG. Its bad enough that the first game of our Baseball Season is played in Japan (no offense to Japan) but then the game is not even shown live??? If MLB had a real commissioner this would never have had happened...And the constant CRAPPING on the A's has reached unthinkable proportions. I have an Idea for the STINKING LOUSY GOOD FOR NOTHING commissioner next Year send the F---ing Yankees and Red Sox over there, let them play the Season opener and then not broadcast it. Then he can fly over there and attend the opener, and he can bring his Money Grabbing piece of Crap college buddy Lew Wolff with him.

Stan
Stan

Greg Papa's odious explanation on THEGAME,Scott was -YES,Comcast could have broadcast the game. They chose NOT too because they only are contracted to do 142 A's games (unlike all 2,000 Giants games-even if at 3am) so decided they could get better ratings on a later game. No,Greg did not say what great later game A's fans would get to see this season. Comcast-under no pressure from the A's- didnt feel OPENING DAY IN JAPAN WAS A RATINGS GRABBER????..they could have done that whole "delayed showing" at say 10am,most fans would have not looked for the score if warned..and enjoyed seeing the Buttakan Dome or whateva and the whole Asian experience My hate for BEANE only grows..a rightious hate! btw,Seattle DID televise to its City. Beane and Wolff are crud.

John Sports
John Sports

They would have tried to make a National Holiday out of it.

BASG
BASG

I can't take the credit, as Scott "BAStatsGuy" Willis wrote it. My name's Steve Berman (I know Stan was wondering).

John Sports
John Sports

My Bad...what ever!!! you and your colleagues usually put out High Quality writing and make Excellent points.

John Sports
John Sports

Great job Scott, next time BASG should sport for you perdiem to make the trip. Love seeing the A's get some type.

Scott Willis
Scott Willis

I was waiting for my expense request to be approved. Too much bureaucracy.

BASG
BASG

Thanks John, appreciate it. Didn't mean to nit-pick, just wanted to make sure Scott got his due. Although I would've respected him more had he traveled to Japan and given a first-person account.