NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 13: Catcher Brian McCann #34 of the New York Yankees tags out Jackie Bradley Jr. #25 of the Boston Red Sox in the second inning at Yankee Stadium on April 13, 2014 in the Bronx Borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Friday night’s Red Sox-Yankees reminded people why they get impatient with baseball. With a game that went 19 innings and lasted six hours and 49 minutes, it went long enough for two games and then some.

New York’s WPIX was airing its first Yankees game since 1998, so you’d think it would be ready for almost anything, but apparently it wasn’t prepared for it to go past 17 innings because when the 18th rolled around, the station didn’t have any more commercials, public service announcements or promos to run. So it ran nothing, just a shot of the Yankee Stadium field.

Maybe it’s something that other TV stations and regional sports networks could try when games go long.

[Black Sports Online]

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Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013.

He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television.

Fang celebrates the four Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

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