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♫Lock.... me out of the balllllgammmme.....♫ - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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♫Lock.... me out of the balllllgammmme.....♫
So much to say about things in Baltimore and beyond.  So unable to articulate much of it.  No matter what you hear from the Right, there IS an element of SOMETHING-ism that makes this status quo of police protection to be totally unacceptable, even when it's black-on-black as alleged here, and even when it's white-on-white; this sad story from near my home town shows that it can even happen to the white son of a Nassau County cop.

So maybe it trivializes things to focus on the effect it all had on a stupid ballgame, but it was unprecedented in major league baseball, so it's at least relatable as Something Big and Bad: Baltimore hosted an official championship contest today, and the box score will forever reveal something as strange as it was sad:


That last line looks weird; the picture of it, even more so:


I watched a little of it in between work things today; MLB made it their free online game of the day. With one bizarre exception:

It was blacked out online in all of Maryland and Virginia.  Yup; to protect the home team's attendance, baseball does not allow live streaming of games to even paying customers in a Byzantine tile-map of restricted areas. EVEN IF THE FUCKING BALLPARK IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

(Merlinders and Virgins only miss out on Orioles and Nationals games; we are Internet-blacked out of both New York teams- they're on our cable, so no prob- but also Cleveland and Pittsburgh games. Yet Toronto, the closest venue to us, is not subject to blackout because, Canada.)

Only one thing is reasonably certain: this great nation will finally solve its long-standing problems with race and criminal justice before our sports leagues fix their copyright and blackout rules.  I'm not staying up late expecting either anytime soon.
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oxymoron67 From: oxymoron67 Date: April 30th, 2015 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
This was bizarre. (The ball game.)

I've been trying to write something about Baltimore, but everything I want to say has been said better elsewhere... or at least more coherently.
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