So much of the discussion on this blog is focused on scripted dramatic television. I can tell you first hand, the best drama on television isn't scripted, and I am not talking about trashy reality television. I am talking about sports, specifically America's Pastime, baseball. Having been born and raised in Queens I have always been a die hard Mets fans. Through the thick and thin, win or lose, I have always been there to support them. The last few years have been more thin than thick, but that's okay because I just love to watch the game. That's why it is frustrating when they make it so difficult to watch the game. I don't mean the quality of the players either, I mean they literally make it hard to watch the game. Kind of. This year, the Mets made it harder to actually watch and track the score of the game.
Quick explanation. In 1996, Fox invented "the FoxBox", a constant on screen graphic that tracks all in game information, balls, strikes, outs and score. Since then it has become a staple of televised sports around the world. For my generation, this is how you follow in game situations. For some reason though, SNY, the Mets Sports Network, decided to condense their in game stat box. What used to stretch across the top of the screen, was now inserted into about a 3" box. Take a look below.
Sports fans are nothing if not passionate. This, what many would consider a small, change actually enraged people across the blogosphere. Fans said the score was difficult to read because the inning number was in between the team's two scores. Those who are not diehard sports fans may be laughing right now. Here's the thing though, people complained and SNY listened. They recently, quietly, debuted a redesigned "FoxBox".
Maybe you can't fight City Hall but you can fight SNY.