I would like to relate to you the story of a simple man (ME, DUMMIES) and his simple wish (TO WATCH BASEBALL ON TV).
The whimsical tale starts many months ago, when it was announced that there would be a World Baseball Classic in March of 2006, a tournament that would include the best players from over a dozen countries! As a Super Baseball Nerd, I was excited. I was not as excited to learn that most games would only be telecast on ESPN Deportes. Disregarding the language barrier, this also presented the author with a second obstacle: he did not subscribe to the Latin tier of Charter Television. Knowing that TV service is a fickle mistress, channel 266 was dialed in and, hark, it was coming in crystal clear! Without a single penny spent! There was joy in Mudville! And in west Madison, adjacent to a Chase Bank and Subway!
Many moons passed, and the tournament grew closer. The first pitch is upon us! Yet, a new problem appears. This mystery channel, never needed before and never paid for, suddenly is unavailable! The picture wobbles, whines, and disapears entirely.
A frantic phone call is the only course of action. The representative alerts us that service can be set up in a matter of moments! For the low price of $5 a month! Which can be refunded upon the certain cancellation in 3 short weeks!
Panic sets in when the channel, along with all other channels on the tier, vanishes completely as soon as the service is allocated.
A service call is placed. Days go by; days filled with needless gamecasts, radio reports, and internet chatrooms entered to discern the victorious squads from the vanquished.
The Cable Guy shows up. No problems are solved. The money is refunded and the tier is cancelled.
Gloom is inevitable.
But! Miracles are ripe! Upon cancellation, the station reappears! Victory, at long last, is achieved!
No one tells the cable company.
Candy Maldonado explains something in Spanish.
Esteban Loaiza pitches 5.1 shutout innings.