Tuesday's Reds game was interesting for more than a couple reasons. Bronson Arroyo had a no-hitter going into the eighth inning with the Reds leading 3-0. He then allowed 3 runs to tie the game. Drew Stubbs homered in the bottom of the eighth to give the Reds the lead back 4-3 and then Aroldis Chapman finished the game with a save in the ninth. But that wasn't all. The Cuban Missile gave us perhaps the most bizarre celebration in baseball history as he performed a double somersault towards home plate after recording the final out. Maybe he was just really excited given his recent struggles (giving up a run in five of seven appearances)... or he's just that excited for the upcoming Summer Olympics.
Thom Brennaman's reaction is actually pretty fitting: "WHERE IN THE WORLD DID THAT COME FROM?!?!"
SpringRubber that isn't completely true, ESPN can have a team have no more than 3 games Nationally Televised during their 21-22 weeks of Monday Night Baseball!
@CUbsfan Yeah, but how many times does ESPN actually show a team more than three times on Monday Night Baseball? It's rare and usually only happens to the Yankees and Red Sox toward the end of the season.
Putting the games on MLB Network would just be shooting themselves in the foot. I don't feel like MLB has the power of the NFL when it comes to forcing cable companies to pick up their channel. They would probably wind up turning people away from the sport if they put such important games on their own network.
(P. S., ESPN also airs weekly games on Mondays with no national blackout window. FX started airing a weekly college football game last fall, as well.)