Around 8 p.m. April 6, I received an ESPN mobile update of history being made. It indicated that Texas Rangers’ pitcher Yu Darvish was in the sixth inning with a perfect game against my beloved Astros. The worst part about it was not the fact that my team was struggling, but that I was unable to watch history in the making.
Minutes felt like hours with every out that refreshed on my phone. Without the ability to watch the game on television, I desperately needed a fix of live coverage. With two innings left and the perfect game still intact, I found myself listening to it on the radio in my truck, which felt oddly like I was in the 1930s.
Unfortunately, not having Comcast leaves fans feeling like they are in the 1930s of live sports coverage. Regardless of the unnecessary inconvenience of listening to the radio, the announcers indicated that it was the bottom of the ninth with Darvish one out away from a perfect game, recording 14 strikeouts in 8.2 innings of play.
The radio announcers introduced Marwin Gonzalez as a pinch hitter for the Astros, and moments later on Darvish’s first pitch, history was made in the Astros’ favor. Gonzalez hit the ball up the middle of the infield, barely missing the glove of Darvish for the first hit of the game. Darvish became only the 11th player in Major League history to have a perfect game broken up with two outs left. I was screaming with joy in my truck, but realized the “big brother”-esque type of control that Comcast has.
Houstonians and sports fans alike must fix this. We need to demand that Comcast release coverage to other service providers or that every game be televised on local channels. Whatever it may be, the suffering has gone on long enough. Even though the Astros may have another tough season, I want to be the one who decides to watch a train wreck season or history unfold.