By Mike Steffanos
I'm a little late with this, I know, but congratulations to Vinny from Metsville.com and all of the other Mets fans in the Carmel, NY area that now have SportsNet New York on their cable system. There still are Mets fans that are blacked out of watching their team on local cable systems. I receive the games through DirecTV now, but customers of Adelphia Tele-Media in the Valley towns and Greater Waterbury, CT area for whom satellite is not an option are still in the dark. Cox Cable customers in Connecticut are also shut out.
Most Mets fans that live in areas where their systems don't carry SNY seem to be resigned to their fate at this point, however if you are doing something to fight your cable company, let me know and I'll mention it here. Otherwise, I'm starting to feel as if I'm beating a dead horse.
A note on comments
I've recently had an unpleasant experience with a former commenter on this site that I'd like to avoid in the future. So here goes:
It's okay to disagree with me on this site. For instance, if you disagree with my premise that it is unfair to ask large-market franchises to subsidize baseball in smaller markets on a year-in, year-out basis, it's fair to say that you disagree with me. I ask you, however, to not mischaracterize what I said, and to save your moral crusades for a different forum. I never put forward a plan that was supposed to be "fair" to small market teams, that wasn't the premise of what I was writing. It's insulting to have to read and respond to 10,000 word essays that aren't really on point. It's okay to write a long comment, but not one that forces me into a long reply. I only have so many hours to put into this site, and I don't wish to spend a lot of them on a single commenter.
Having said that, I love hearing the opinions of those who disagree with me. Keep them on point, and if they require a response be polite enough to be brief. If you have something to get off your chest, and I don't have to reply to every word of it, knock yourself out. If you think I'm wrong on something, call me on it. Respect me and I'll respect you. If you're someone that likes to read the comments on this site, you'll see a lot of great comments from "Ed", who often takes me to tasks on my views. I respect him a lot, because he does it the right way. He doesn't mischaracterize my position, and I don't have to spend an hour replying to his comments. That makes it fun, and that's what this needs to be for all of us. We already have jobs.
Make no mistake though, except for one single exception, I honestly do appreciate every comment that's been posted here. By sharing your views, you've made this site a better and much more interesting place, and I'm grateful to all of you.
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