For people living in the area but unable to get to watch Tacoma Rainiers games, you can now watch them on TV - well, if you have a Comcast cable system.
Hey, they aren't dull to watch with several solid players like Jeff Clement, Mike Carp, Mike Morse, Michael Saunders and Adam Moore. I would tell you to go to a game, since its cheap and enjoyable, but this is a pretty good thing as well.
Comcast SportsNet Northwest will start live broadcasts of 15 Rainiers games, starting with Friday night's game against the Reno Aces -- with Ryan Rowland-Smith making his final rehab start for the Rainiers.
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Don't know if you have the channel, here's the listings for the areas.
"Adding the Rainiers to our lineup is the latest step in a sustained effort to obtain compelling local sports programming as our network continues to grow," Comcast SportsNet General Manager David Manougian said in a press release. "Triple-A baseball gives our viewers the opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow play today, and we are excited to feature the Rainiers this summer."
With the channel reaching throughout Oregon and Washington, Rainiers president Aaron Artman is pleased that local fans can see a solid Rainiers team.
"We're thrilled to partner with Comcast Sports Northwest to bring live Rainiers games to fans throughout Washington and Oregon," R Artman said. "It's exciting to be a key part of their summer programming. We think this partnership offers viewers not only a chance to see top players in the Seattle Mariners system, but also offers a glimpse into the fun and entertainment that is the beauty of minor league baseball."
Friday's game will be broadcast by the venerable Mike Curto, who's been the voice of the Rainiers for 11 years, a contributor to the News Tribune and a friend and reader of tihs blog.
The color commentary will rotate through the season, featuring Northwest broadcast talent including former professional baseball players, sports talk show hosts, and others. I'm already preparing my audition tape.
Here's the games that will be televised.
Friday, June 5th vs. Reno Aces 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 20th vs. Reno Aces 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 2nd vs. Portland Beavers 7 p.m.
Friday, July 3rd vs. Portland Beavers 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 9th vs. Portland Beavers 7 p.m.
Friday, July 10th vs. Portland Beavers 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 11th vs. Portland Beavers 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 12th vs. Portland Beavers 1:30pm
Friday, July 24th vs. Las Vegas 51s 7 p.m.
Sunday, August 2nd vs. Fresno Grizzlies 1:30pm
Friday, August 14th vs. Iowa Cubs 7 p.m.
Sunday, August 16th vs. Iowa Cubs 1:00pm
Friday, August 21st vs. Omaha Royals 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 4 vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox 7 p.m.