Leading Off

Leading Off: Why you can’t watch Thursday’s A’s game

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• The A’s have the best record in baseball, but you won’t be able to watch their game today against Houston, the finale of a four-game series at O.co Coliseum, on TV. As frustrated A’s fans know, some midweek day games aren’t on TV, only on radio. The team’s contract with Comcast Sports Net California calls for broadcasting 145 regular-season games, leaving 17 games to ESPN and FOX, but those national networks haven’t shown the A’s the love a first-place team deserves. Five more midweek day games aren’t scheduled to be broadcast, including three in September, but the folks at CSNCA assure us they will consider adding games that might affect the pennant race.

• It was sad to read about Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow’s illness in Tuesday’s San Francisco Chronicle. Krukow, 62, who pitched 14 seasons in the big leagues, has a degenerative muscle disease, inclusion body myositis, that causes progressive weakness in the muscles of the wrist and fingers, the front of the thigh and the muscles that lift the front of the foot. The illness, which has no cure, was diagnosed eight years ago and has gradually affected Krukow to the point that he’s begun to wear braces on his legs for support and carry a walking stick. The worst part, he told C.W. Nevius, is falling down: “There is nothing more humbling than falling in front of people.” But, Giants fans, Krukow said he has no plans to stop broadcasting. “Kuip (Duane Kuiper) says he wants to do this until he’s 80,” Krukow told Nevius. “So do I.”

• Speaking of broadcasts, it was fun watching the Kings at summer league in Las Vegas. Sure, we know they’re exhibition games and most teams are stocked with free agents who likely will never play in the NBA. But with Ray McCallum, Ben McLemore, Quincy Acy, draft pick Nik Stauskas and Derrick Williams (first three games), there were some familiar faces in Kings uniforms. It was exciting to watch the Kings, led by McCallum and McLemore, overcome an eight-point deficit to beat Houston 77-68 in Monday’s championship game. That certainly was more fun for the players than last year, when the team won just one of four games.

– Tom Couzens


Today’s poll

How often do you watch the A’s on TV ?

• Every game that’s broadcast

• Several games per week

• Only on weekends

• Never

Vote above, or go to sacbee.com/sports

Wednesday’s results

Which NBA team do you like better?

• Lakers: 10%

• Warriors: 90%

Total votes: 162

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