I’m not exactly sure when it became fashionable for networks such as MASN to televise Spring Training games. By no means am I knocking it mind you, because I enjoy watching the games and seeing how the team is looking early on. Plus as a writer having Spring Training games to actually see and write about it a valuable tool. As a kid however, I don’t recall Home Team Sports televising Oriole Spring Training games. This is not to say that they didn’t, however needless to say the amount of coverage, access, print, and talk dedicated to Spring Training (really sports in general) has grown considerably over the years.
I have no doubt that everyone will be ready to go by April 6th. My point is how good of an idea is it to allow average run-of-the-mill fans to see this? I saw a lot of comments on twitter and on message boards the other night to the tune of “the O’s are in mid-season form” and so forth. So it’s easy to watch a Spring Training game and get yourself in a tizzy to the idea that the team is going to be a total joke after seeing some of those things. It’s not uncommon for several errors to be committed in these games, especially at the beginning. That’s why they play them, so as to get that out of their system. Granted nobody will remember any of this after the regular season begins, however why give people a false idea of what the team will be about? I suppose now that Spring Training is so big they really can’t go back, however the fact is that what Oriole fans saw the other night is far from the finished product.
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