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Baseball Starts on Fox this Saturday

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Noooooooo!

Ah crap!

Fox begins its 11th season of baseball coverage Saturday with four regional telecasts, including the Angels and Dodgers.

For those of us who watch the Marlins via an Extra Innings package or MLB.tv, this is bad news.  The exclusivity contract MLB has with Fox means we will be blacked out from the coverage of the Marlins unless Saturday's game starts after 6:00 p.m.

This is not good news - not good news at all.

There is an early season bonus for those of you who enjoy watching either the Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, Cubs, Braves or Cardinals every stinking Saturday.  It is: you won't have to suffer listening to Sweet Lou this week.

Lou Piniella, Fox's newest hire who was a guest commentator on last year's American League championship series between the Angels and Chicago White Sox, was set to make his regular-season debut Saturday. He was supposed to be in Chicago with Thom Brennaman for the Cubs and White Sox but has been sidelined by an eye infection.

"We've placed Lou on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 11," Goren said. "We're confident he'll make his season debut the following Saturday on the Mets and [Florida] Marlins, alongside Kenny Albert."

I'm sorry Lou has an eye infection and I hope that it all works out for the best but trust me, he won't be missed in the booth.

The ALCS was painful to listen to last season.  I went searching through my place trying to find an ice pick in hopes of puncturing my ear drums so the suffering would end.

This is the final year of the Fox contract for Saturday baseball.  While I like the idea of the Saturday game of the week, I hate the contractual outcome where I can't see my favorite team.

I paid to see them and I want to see them.