RIP Baseball Tonight 1990-2019

Or would it be 2018? I don’t know, I guess technically Baseball Tonight officially died in 2019 but the last time we saw it alive was in 2018. Kinda a Schrödinger’s cat situation if you ask me.

The more important thing about this news is that ESPN continues to be the biggest bunch of fucking idiots on the planet with their programming. Sure, Baseball Tonight has sucked ass for the past few years and at times was impossible to find, if it was even being aired, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth saving. Maybe I’m old school and being overly nostalgic, but there was a time in my life where Baseball Tonight was what I fell asleep to from the day the first pitch was thrown until the end of the season. Without baseball tonight, I wouldn’t still think “Hard Hittin’.. Carlos Quentin” every time I come across the name Carlos.

All this program needed was a reboot to bring it back to it’s glory days. I know people say highlight shows are dying because everyone can watch highlights on demand, but it wasn’t always just game recaps that were worth tuning in for. Baseball Tonight had the Going, Going, Gone segment that would showcase all of the monster home runs (aka a BombSauce or BoomShots) and Web Gems, which were the day’s best defensive plays. Having all of those in one place was worth staying up for, and there were often times I’d force myself to stay awake to see if anything from the Reds game made Web Gems. There was a sense of pride in having baseball “experts” drool all over a play you were lucky enough to witness in person. Where the fuck am I gonna get my Web Gems now, ESPN? Am I gonna have to try to watch them on Twitter before you get accounts suspended and videos pulled? Don’t even get me started on how difficult it is to get your goddamn videos embedded in a blog.

The highlight show shouldn’t be dying the way it is, but ESPN has continued to kill one after another. Scott Van Pelt has saved the 11pm SportsCenter and the Bucci-led SportsCenter is starting to climb back into our good graces, but it will never be the same.

Unfortunately, Baseball Tonight is just another casualty to ESPN failing to realize what people I want. But don’t worry, if you need to know what LeBron is tweeting or posting on Instagram, they’ve got you covered.

Thank God for MLB Network’s Quick Pitch, even if we have to wait until 1am to catch it. (Which I usually do, not to brag)

 

 

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