My greatest fear (well, not my greatest fear — cough cough, marriage) is that a Mets pitcher would throw a no-hitter on a Saturday when a Fox Game of the Week preempts the game here in sunny Los Angeles. It hasn’t happened yet obviously, but I had a bit of a panic attack that I would miss the Mets first-ever such feat on Saturday thanks to stupid Time Warner Cable.
I was peacefully watching the game on my Extra Innings package when the cable and Internet went out in the second inning. When they didn’t come back on, I called Time Warner and the friendly operator told me there was an outage in my area. Check back in a couple of hours. Thanks a lot.
I hung up and checked the score on my phone. R.A. Dickey had a no-hitter in the fifth inning! I monitored a hitless sixth, then I had a decision to make — wait for the cable to come back or Dickey to allow a hit, or brush my teeth (it was still morning, after all) and run out to my local sports bar. I chose the latter.
Of course by the time I got there in the top of the seventh and the bartender turned off a college football games and found the Mets game, Dickey had surrendered a hit and a run. I stuck around and sipped an orange juice (it was still morning, after all), and watched the Mets come back and beat the Phillies 2-1.
A Mets pitcher will throw a no-hitter one of these days. I don’t know about you, but that is a game I do not want to miss. It would be a shame if I missed it because of contractual obligations to Fox or because Time Warner cannot get its act together.