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The Weasels of Adelphia Tele-Media

Mike SteffanosFriday, March 24, 2006
By Mike Steffanos

It figures that Cablevision and SportsNet New York finally make a deal and the game is rained out. Still, if I was a Cablevision subscriber I don't think I'd let that get me down too much.

I've written about my frustration with Adelphia cable here in Connecticut. If you're an Adelphia subscriber in the Naugatuck valley or greater Waterbury area, and you are still holding out some hope for seeing SNY on your cable system soon, I think I have some bad news for you. In a story in the Torrington Register Citizen, Adelphia shows their true colors:

As for Adelphia, the financially troubled company that runs the old Tele-Media system in Seymour, spokesman Vince Caramanello said he's had no requests for SNY.

"We're aware the season is starting soon. But we have a larger concern about NESN," Caramanello said. "We still don't have that."

Adelphia is due to change hands by the middle of this year, so that makes adding a pricey sports contract problematic and complicated.

"NESN (the Red Sox channel added by Cox just last year) is more of an important issue from a business sense," Caramanello said. "Low on the list is the Mets."

No requests for SNY? Funny, I requested it. I know other people requested it. This company sucks. When others and I have called they yes us to death, telling us that our concerns our important to them. Then I read this crap.

Not that I'm shocked that they lied to me -- but to actually come right out to a reporter and admit they don't care about subscribers that are Met fans is somewhat mind-boggling. With the sale of Adelphia constantly being pushed back, it's not reasonable to expect the Mets any time soon, either. I wait for an agreement between DirecTV and SNY while I figure out where the dish will go. The arrogance of cable companies never ceases to amaze me.

Update: A Request to Adelphia Tele-Media Customers:
Please note I am only speaking to customers of Adelphia's Tele-media system in the Naugatuck Valley and Greater Waterbury area of Connecticut.
I know we are never surprised by Tele-Media's awful customer service, but their spokesman's statement crossed the line into contempt for Mets fans that are customers of this system. Please contact the company and let them know that their spokesman's comments offended you. As a Mets fan, the choice is yours -- you can sit around and lick your wounds while feeling sorry for yourself, or you can call Adelphia customer service at (888) 683-1000 or email them from a form on their web site.

Bergen Record: Lastings Milledge
Steve Popper chronicles the successful spring of top prospect Lastings Milledge. Although Milledge will not come north with the club, Popper quotes Willie Randolph that the Mets wouldn't be afraid to reach down for Milledge if needed:

He's young. It depends on what kind of year he starts out with, how he comes about. I'm not coming in looking for that. But if you look down ... and he's tearing it up and we need someone to help us out, yeah.

Our outfield is set. We're not going to move anybody out or nothing like that. But who knows what can happen? For me it's just him getting as much experience as he can because you feel a guy like him has talent, and the quicker he gets used to facing big league pitching [the better].

Daily News: More Milledge
Christian Red also writes about Lastings Milledge, who despite the great spring he is enjoying understands that he will be leaving major league camp soon. Milledge displays a mature attitude about everything:

I realize what's going on here and that the game is a business. It's not frustrating. You know what you're here for. Getting to face some of the top pitchers in the league (in spring training), you have to try and take advantage. It's an experience not a lot of (players) get. In my case, I just want to come and get better.

New York Post: The Second Base Job
Mark Hale and Joel Sherman report on the battle for the second base job between Jeff Keppinger and Anderson Hernandez.

Mets.com: Lefties in the 'pen
Marty Noble does a nice job sorting out the candidates for the lefty specialist bullpen job.

The Journal News: X-Man
John Delcos offers up a nice profile on Xavier Nady.

Newsday: Shoring up the "D"
Bob Herzog reports on David Wright's hard work to improve his defense.

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