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MLB Network offers bonus Yanks, Mets practice games

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My Friday newspaper column mentions that the MLB Network will offer two Yankees and one Mets game that won't be carried by YES or SNY.

They will feature the opposing team's telecast and be seen on the following dates:

March 22, Yanks-Rays; March 24, Mets-Astros; March 28, Yanks-Braves.

(For all you HD types out there, all of YES' preseason games will be shown in hi-def. SNY's are in standard. I still am not sold on the necessity of getting myself set up for HDTV. And I am not yet convinced that this color TV fad is here to stay, either.)

Thursday's Yanks-Rays game drew 1.19 percent of New York-area households, which YES said was the "highest-rated weekday daytime spring training telecast ever on YES." Is there a category for that in the Guinness Book of World Records?

Click below for more from Ron Darling on his rapid rise up the TV analyst ranks.

I will take a break now to do my expenses. It turns out that unlike newspapers (see three posts down), companies that operate trains and gas stations and restaurants expect customers to pay for stuff, and the customers generally understand that they must do so in order for those products and services to exist.

Radical concept!

Photo: GettyOn the evolution of his career: "I’ve been so blessed throughout this whole process because things came to me, and they always came to me at the right time . . . I did some [Athletics] games where it was, 'Ray Fosse is sick; do you think you can fill in?' That kind of thing."

On the SNY job: "The year prior to SNY [2005], Keith Hernandez came in the booth in Washington, where I was working, much to the dismay of most of the D.C. area, and said, 'Can you imagine if you and I worked together?' As soon as he said it, the light went off.

"I had been out of the New York market for so long, it was a longshot. But they called me to the big leagues before I was ready, and it was like I won five straight."

On the challenge of calling exhibition games: "Gary [Cohen] has a very difficult job because of the possibility of 140 different kinds of names that could somehow participate in the game. The first year we had an extra-inning game at Vero Beach and No. 99 or No. 90 for the Dodgers was pitching. And he was replaced by No. 90, the same number!"

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