Baseball was our family’s Summer pastime as I grew up in Illinois, with empty lot games a common evening event. Meanwhile, my dad kept the radio tuned to his favorite Chicago Cubs until, with the advent of television, he had an even better reason to follow the “Cubbies.”
But after our permanent move to Florida, I switched my loyalty to the two Florida pros: Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins, and after almost 25 years as a Florida resident, I’ve enjoyed them every summer. We’ve attended a few games, but because of the distance and our increasing ages, we too have become baseball television watchers. But I had one problem ... there’s a lot of “empty” time — ads, inning and pitching changes, etc. — leading to boredom.
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