Originally written August 16, 2013 on Minus Twenty-Two:
Former first-round draft pick Sonny Gray pitched a masterpiece for the A’s in his Coliseum debut as the A’s avoided a sweep by the Astros (yes, the Astros) on Thursday. He went eight innings, gave up zero runs and struck out nine en route to his first career victory and lowering his season ERA to 1.00 after four appearances. And unless you were one of the 16,487 fans in attendance at the Coliseum you didn’t get to see any of it. Because either CSN or the A’s or both, but probably mostly CSN, don’t want you to have nice things. The ridiculously named CSN California did not televise Wednesday’s A’s-Astros games, for reasons that if I knew still wouldn’t make any sense to me. It instead went with a baffling mix of niche, alternative programming. Here now, according to TV listings, is a list of those programs that CSN was offering between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. in place of an actual live Major League Baseball featuring a local team in playoff contention (do you have a pillow handy? Because...
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