Heath Bell Complains ESPN Goes Overboard with Yankees, Red Sox, Mets

And I agree. On Monday I wanted to see highlights of Orlando Hudson hitting for the cycle for the Dodgers. Considering how tough it is to accomplish that feat at anytime and the fact that he was practically the first Dodger since Brooklyn to accomplish the trick, you figure it would get some good attention. And because it was the Dodgers’ home opener and a day game, I didn’t get to see it live but figured I would catch the hits on a a highlight show. Naturally I watched both SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight to get my fix, figuring I would only need to wait a few minutes to catch the highlights — a player hitting for the cycle usually is at the top of the list when it comes to day-to-day activities in MLB. I was wrong. Thoroughly. Hudson’s cycle got buried halfway through each show. Why you ask? ESPN was too busy slurping the Mets for the opening of Citi Field. That not only upset me, it also pissed off Padres closer Heath Bell something good when he spoke prior to Monday’s game:

“I saw John Kruk on ‘Baseball Tonight,’ and he said, ‘[the Padres are] playing real well, but I don’t believe in them,’ ” Bell said before Monday’s game. “And I saw ESPN’s promo for tonight’s game. They mention the Mets are opening Citi Field, they mentioned the starting time, but nowhere did they mention the Padres. That gave me the (expletive).”

Bell was just getting warmed up in his pregame commentary.

“I truly believe ESPN only cares about promoting the Red Sox and Yankees and Mets – and nobody else,” said the closer, a former Met. “That’s why I like the MLB Network, because they promote everybody. I’m really turned off by ESPN and ‘Baseball Tonight.’ When Jake Peavy threw 8 1/3 innings on Saturday, they showed one pitch in the third inning and that was it. It’s all about the Red Sox, Yankees and Mets.”

The beginning of the season, if not any other time, is when you should be the most open-minded about showing highlights equally. Since it’s a fresh year, anything goes — expectations are out the window and so is last year’s performances. If Aaron Harang throws a three-hit shutout for the Reds against the Pirates and it’s the best pitching performance of the season thus far, you should place more prominence on those highlights. Instead, how the Yankees, Mets, or Red Sox fared, good or bad, always seems to come first. It really is a big turnoff and I might have to start joining Bell at MLB Network, too.

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  • http://shellmedia.net/ ShellMedia

    Yea what the hell was the deal with that Mets commercial, linked in with Star Trek…

    And all the pub AJ Burnett got last night on his no hitter into the 6th.. Big deal, into the 6th.

    NBA Playoff seeds are being figured out, show us some other highlights for christ sakes… And all the Dallas pub on the start of the NFL schedule release. At least pick a team that made the playoffs…

  • Gene

    ESPN will say that they show those teams because that’s what the viewers want. However they created the monster. In this case we know which came first, and it was the chicken (Yankees, Red Sox, Mets) and not the egg (all of the other teams). It is disingenuous for ESPN not to just come out and admit it. By not doing so, they are losing credibility with most of the United States.

  • SpinMax

    baseball created this monster, they depend far too much on two teams. baseball needs a salary cap and salary floor so that star players are
    spread throughout baseball and everyone has an equal shot to win.

  • Jeff J

    The only thing worse than watching Baseball tonight on ESPN is having to sit through 9 innings of Joe Morgan on Sunday night baseball. To sit and listen to him try and lecture Steve Phillips the man who was behind the Mets 2000 World Series team, signing Joe Reyes and drafting guys like David Wright and Scott Kazmir makes me sick. I think Joe just likes to hear Joe talk.

  • http://thedlfromdl.blogspot.com DL

    spot on as always, larry. although, i have to say, everyone loves a trainwreck and when you look at the yankees and their astronomical payroll getting absolutely shelled to open yankee stadium and then the mets, who pretty much epitomize the term (and lost to the PADRES in their stadium opener), that is good tv. but heath is right…baseball tonight has been going downhill for some time, and now that there is an alternative, it’s in trouble.