Dear Programming Director,
I am pleased that ESPN is committed to showing Major League Baseball games on Sunday Night Baseball, as well as during the week on Monday’s and Wednesday’s. However, it may come as a surprise to you to learn that not everyone who watches Sunday/Monday/Wednesday Night Baseball is a Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees fan.
In truth, since their are thirty MLB teams, it would be nice to see some variety in the coverage shown on ESPN. To wit, last night (27 July 2008) ESPN broadcast a game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. Tonight (28 July 2008) ESPN will again broadcast a game featuring the Boston Red Sox (this time the opponent will be the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim).
I am curious as to why ESPN is not showing ANY games featuring the Tampa Bay Rays who are having a “Worst-to-First” season? It would seem to me that ESPN would, at least, cover them in some cursory fashion. After all, there are a great many Tampa Bay Rays fans who do not live in the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg area who enjoy hearing about how their Rays are doing.
And while the occasional coverage on Baseball Tonight or Sportscenter is nice to see, it in no way comes close to the coverage granted to the current Manny Ramirez trade talks currently buzzing around the Boston Red Sox.
In closing, Sir or Ma’am, I would encourage ESPN to consider adding some Tampa Bay Rays games to their programming schedule. Perhaps, if ESPN has some contractual obligation to broadcast Boston or New York games, then these obligations can be met by showing either of these teams playing against the Tampa Bay Rays. (Ah the miricle of inter divisional rivalries!)
Thank you for your attention in this matter.
Tampa Bay Rays Fan