So every March, I have to blow out the dust from my wallet and call DirecTV for my annual Extra Innings haggling.
Note: when I clicked on this, an ad popped up for Mormon.org. Why it's linked with Jack's Guide to Manipulation is beyond me.
Last year's negotiations went perfectly. Sixty percent off! Winner, winner Sheen dinner (at the time, a very modern reference).
But something went wrong this year. My threats of canceling MLB Extra Innings fell on deaf ears. They offered $30 off. $30!!! TO ME!!! TO DELINO!!!! Maybe the global financial meltdown finally hit DirecTV. Maybe they know about my empty threats. Or maybe they just got cheap.
With the thought of a bargain Mets payroll racing through my mind, I called their bluff right back. "FINE. I'm canceling. Good day, sir"
For the first time in years, I was without non-Dodgers baseball. It felt quiet. Like something was missing.
On a whim, I clicked on the Mets - Braves game... AND IT PLAYED. They all played. Every out of market game in glorious High Def. Not sure why this is happening. Might be that friendship I struck up with a certain technician.
I don't know how long this will last. But in life, does anyone?