The Fosters on same-sex marriage
- Jude: So are you guys like married?
- Lena: No... not legally. I guess... we're married in our hearts.
- Jude: That's basically the same thing, right?
- Lena: Yeah, that's basically the same.
Watching The Fosters on ABC Family.
I recommend it.
If MLB Wants to Complain About TV Ratings, They Have Only Themselves to Blame
Baseball is, thankfully, not football. There is no single day of devotion to it, no lone game of the week for everyone to get jacked up on five hour energy and 40s of Hurricane. Baseball is steady and reliable and, above all, provincial. The introduction of MLB.tv, a boon for all baseball fans, has only made it easier for the local fan to pay attention to their lone club and ignore all the others. So if you see columns bemoaning baseball’s lack of ratings going forward in the postseason, please ignore them.
Still, if Major League Baseball is disappointed of the TV ratings now that all the major media markets like New York and Philadelphia have been eliminated, it’s really their own fault. The vast majority of advertising and marketing attention is focused on the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Giants, etc. Even Albert Pujols, the baseball god with an expiring contract, hasn’t been effectively used to lure in the occasional viewer.
Nyjer Morgan is a professional crazy person but my parents could probably name about half the roster for the Yankees, before remembering “that guy who calls himself a stuffed animal or something.” Ryan Braun went 30/30, Lance Berkman resurrected his career like the phoenix, CJ Wilson is one of the most outspoken and congenial players in the game, etc etc etc. There is a lot of great baseball that needs to be showcased more often during the regular season for fans to want to tune in during the playoffs. Initial television ratings for FOX or ESPN may suffer, but I truly believe that the way to build and expand the audience for baseball is not to televise 18 Red Sox - Yankees games every season, but to have more attention paid to places with payrolls below $100 million.