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Has there been any resentment in the clubhouse towards former replacement players Kevin Millar and Brian Daubach? The reason I ask is based on the story I read a few years ago that detailed Mark Portugal's shabby treatment of Daubach. Has that feeling persisted or was it only a personal grudge Portugal had against Daubach?
-- Chris Gallagher, New Haven, CT
A: Chris, Portugal, to my knowledge, was the only player to single out Daubach like that. Millar, of course, is either 1 or 1A as most popular guy in the Sox clubhouse, and Daubach is an accepted veteran.
I bought the MLB baseball package from Dish Network. Now I discover that today's Sox-A's game at Fenway is blacked out here in Hawaii. That's crazy!! What's the point?? And who can I contact about this idiotic policy?
-- Jim Loomis, Haiku, Maui
A: Jim, I don't know the whys and wherefores of the MLB Extra Innings policy, though that does seem insane. I pulled up their blackout rules; I'm at a loss to know which of these apply. I can't imagine that Hawaii qualifies as the home territory for either the Sox or A's. Maybe a more astute reader will notice. Here are the regulations.
Q: Blackout Information
A: All local and national blackout restrictions still apply. In other words, subscribers within a club's Home Television Territory cannot get that clubs' games in this national package. In addition, due to the national exclusivity of both ESPN and FOX, there are no games available for distribution via this package on Saturday day or Sunday night. Please see the below for further detail.
Q: Local Blackout Information
A: If you live in a zip code that is within a Major League Baseball team's territory, that team's games will be blacked out from the MLB EXTRA INNINGSSM game package, but will generally be available as part of your local regional sports, cable or over-the-air affiliate station. Blackouts protect the local rights holders who arrange separate distribution agreements for their exclusive territories.
Q: ESPN Blackout Information
A: ESPN has an exclusive national broadcast window for all Major League Baseball games on Sunday nights; therefore, no telecast can be made available for DBS distribution. As they have rights to night games only, any games which start after 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT) cannot be distributed via DBS carriers out-of-market.
Q: Fox Television Network Blackout Information
A: For Saturdays in the regular season between May 22nd and October 2nd, with the exception of Saturday September 4th and 11th, the FOX Television Network has the exclusive national rights to broadcast games up until 7:00pm ET (4:00pm PT). So, while you will not receive Major League Baseball games on your MLB EXTRA INNINGS channels any of those Saturday mornings or afternoons, you will receive the available Saturday night games that begin after 7:00pm ET (4:00pm PT). For Saturday morning and afternoon games, check out the FOX Network local schedule. Continued...