Tomorrow night, "Ripken and Berman will celebrate the game with the ESPN launch of BBTN Live (Baseball Tonight Live), a weekly digital pregame show that will air classic baseball games called MLB Encore Tuesdays. Ripken and Berman will discuss their memories before the game, and Ripken again in the fifth inning on ESPN’s social media platforms. The game will re-air on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET."
I lived in Philadelphia or its suburbs for many years and still live in Pennsylvania, so I root for the Phillies as a second team.
But as a general rule, if an Orioles game and a Phillies game are on TV at the same time, I'll watch the Orioles, regardless of which team has the better record.
I don't know why this never occurred to me before now, but the experience with the minors in the late 40s and early 50s might be a lesson that helps inform us about the plans to contract some teams in the minors. As I mentioned in the previous post, in a 10-year period we went from 62 professional leagues to 27. Literally ~7000 minor league playing jobs and something like 300 managerial jobs, and some larger number of coaching jobs disappeared. Not to mention the beer vendors and ticket takers and the like.
The Illinos-Indiana-Iowa (Three-I) League had been in business since 1901, closed up shop after 1961. Places like Davenport and Terra Haute had teams for generations. The Evangeline League in Louisiana was similar. Several leagues out in West Texas and New Mexico. They all disappeared. Joe Bauman hit 72 homers in a season for Roswell in the Longhorn League in '54. By '56 there was no Longhorn League. Most of these places lost their team, and never got one back.