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Huh? ESPN To Broadcast The Yankees-Red Sox Game On Sunday Night Baseball?

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! ESPN will shockingly forgo its tried and true practice of airing the most compelling game on the schedule and will instead broadcast the epic matchup between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees for its Sunday Night Baseball coverage! Will wonders never cease? Who are the ad wizards who came up with this one?

And just in case this earth-shattering bit of breaking news managed to elude the masses, ESPN actually issued a press release yesterday announce and point out that they made the monumental, albeit controversial, decision to nationally televise a Yankees-Red Sox game:

ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball will pit the New York Yankees, with Alex Rodriguez currently chasing his 600th home run, and the Boston Red Sox Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. ET.  A.J. Burnett is scheduled to start for the Yankees, while Josh Beckett is expected to take the mound for the Red Sox.  Jon Miller calls Sunday Night games with analysts Joe Morgan and Orel Hershiser. The game will also be available via ESPN Radio, and ESPN Mobile TV.

Boy, wouldn’t it be something if A-Rod managed to hit his 600th home run during a nationally televised game? That would be the coolest!

What’s that? He already hit his 600th home run? Jeez, you’d think an all-powerful media conglomerate that fancies itself the Worldwide Leader in Sports would have known something like that. Weird.

Even weirder? After a quick perusal of the national broadcast schedule, both the MLB Network and FOX have also thrown their hats in the ring and will be airing these colossal games which will sure to go down in history as some of the greatest games ever to be played on a national stage, with MLBN providing coverage from Yankee Stadium tonight and FOX picking up Saturday’s matinee for their coverage. So, not only will we have the pleasure of listening to Joe Morgan and Jon Miller call the action on Sunday, but we also get Joe Buck and Tim McCarver on Saturday, too? Talk about doubling your pleasure and doubling your fun. It doesn’t get much better than this, people.

Of course, some yokels – probably in flyover country and in their respective home media markets – will have to settle with the Tigers-Angels game tonight on MLBN and the Rangers-Athletics game tomorrow on FOX, but who gives a rip about those people? They don’t live on the East Coast. Screw ’em!

But at least once Sunday comes, every baseball-loving person in this great country of ours will be able to catch at least one game from the most important series of the weekend, and we have ESPN to thank for that.

Great work, ESPN! Thanks for looking out for what’s best for the huddled masses of major league baseball fans, and that, of course, is some wicked awesome Red Sox-Yankees action! Who says getting force-fed the same matchup over and over and over again can’t be a brutally tormenting exercise in “We Know What You Want To Watch, So Just Sit Back And Enjoy It.”  Whee! Who says networks should get over the fact that some people might actually want to watch games that don’t involve teams which happen to call the biggest media markets in the country home? Not this guy! Screw the Cincinnatis, San Diegos and Texases of the MLB. Sure, they are all having nice little seasons and all, but who gives a rip about teams playing in Nowheresville, USA? Not me!

Yankees-Red Sox fever: catch it!

SNB: Red Sox at Yankees [ESPN Media Zone]