Me either, but for those who do, MLB Network has just what you’re looking for. The Pen debuted last night, a reality show that will follow members of the Phillies bullpen from spring training through the All-Star break.
“Fans are going to see stuff they’ve never seen before,” said former Phils closer Mitch Williams, an MLB Network commentator who narrates the series. “You hear [team officials] talk about who’s best for certain situations and what they need. I can’t believe the team gave this type of access. You see things I’ve never seen, and I’ve been around pro ball over 20 years.”
I’m sure there are a lot of things Mitch has never seen. But if that doesn’t make you salivate, read on…
The series will visit with relievers and their families away from the ballpark. Some scenes were filmed on the team bus. In one episode, several relievers go fishing.
Fishing! Now you’ve captured the imagination of the Philly fans. Must-see TV, to be sure.
I have several proposals of my own in to the MLB Network but haven’t heard about them pulling the trigger on any of them yet. I think Lids, a show about hats hosted by Tom Caron might catch on. Think of the comedic genius of TC trying to fit different types of head-wear onto that melon. The real jewel is Spare Change, a reality show that pits different members of the Red Sox against each other to see who can find the most money in the coin returns of phone booths and vending machines throughout Boston. Think about it…I mean, what else do you have to do tonight?