One day after the first night game in the AL, the first baseball game ever televised — Princeton against Columbia at Baker Field, Columbia’s home field — is seen by a handful of viewers on May 17, 1939 watching W2XBS in New York City.
Reviewing the game the next day, the New York Times says, “it is difficult to see how this sort of thing can catch the public fancy.” This from a paper without a comics section!!!
Now, we get upset if the games aren’t on TV and we can watch any game we want on MLB.TV!!
So, what did some of us see on TV yesterday?
Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad didn’t play in yesterday’s Dodgers’ loss to the Marlins.
Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers
Ryan went 1-for-4 in yesterday’s Brewers win over the Cardinals. His average fell to .320.
Craig Breslow, P – Minnesota Twins
Craig was victimized by A-Fraud’s walk-off homer in yesterday’s Twins extra inning loss to the Yanks. Craig entered the game in the 10th inning and got Johnny Damon on a foul pop, but he started off the 11th by walking Mark Teixeira and then threw a gopher ball to A-Roid. Craig’s record fell to 1-2 and his ERA rose to 7.11.
Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers
Scott didn’t pitch in yesterday’s Ranger’s victory over the Angels.
John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates
John pitched a scoreless 8th inning and earned his 5th hold of the year in the Pirates win over the Rockies. He lowered his ERA to 5.20.
Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays
Gabe didn’t play in the Rays victory over the Indians.
Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers
Ian went 0-for-2, but was hit by a pitch, walked, stole a base and scored a run in the Rangers victory over the Angels.
Angels starter John Lackey was ejected after his first pitch sailed behind Ian’s head and the next one hit him in the ribs.
He promptly stole second (#9) and after advancing to 3rd on Bobby Abreu’s sac fly, he scored on Josh Hamilton’s sac fly.
His average fell to .313, but Ian earned a Chai 5 for just walking to first after being plunked by Lackey (which can mean servile follower).
Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies
Jason had a day of rest.
Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks
Scott pitched 2/3 of a scoreless inning in the D-backs thumping of the Braves. He gave up 2 singles and struck out a batter to lower his ERA to 2.53.
Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox
Youk is on the 15-day disabled list–retroactive to May 5–because of a strained oblique on his left side
Macher (Big Shot) of the Day – John Grabow