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Written by Maury Brown   
Saturday, 21 May 2011 20:55

Blacked outYou heard about it. The Red Sox and Cubs are wearing a modern version of uniforms worn in 1918 as part of a “turn back the clock” night to commemorate the last time the two teams met in Fenway Park.

If you have MLB Extra Innings, or MLB.TV and were hoping to watch the game, tough luck, you’re blacked out.

And, it’s not just that game, but all the games that ran into the evening on Saturday. That’s because the FOX Game of the Week (for the West Coast, it was between the A’s and Giants from AT&T Park) is in primetime this week. With MLB and FOX having an exclusivity agreement, games that began shortly before the FOX game were blacked out.

So, unless you have access to the game you wished to see via “local listings”, sorry, you’re out of luck.

Thanks, MLB and FOX. Really would have liked to see this once-in-a-lifetime game with the 1918 throwback jerseys being worn by the Red Sox and Cubs. Maybe if the Cubs and Red Sox make the World Series, right? Fat chance.

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