With pretty much every game on TV, sometimes I just have to listen on the radio, or gameday audio so I don't have to listen to the crackling of 700 here in Newark. The Reds used to carry about 35 games on their network during the 70s and another good number were on national telecasts, back in the day of 3 channels. But the rest, my only option was to listen to Marty and Joe. So, I'd keep track of the score while watching a TV program, or playing a game, or reading a book.
Now, with virtually every game on TV, I find myself an addict. I say "tonight, I'm just going to listen to the game and do something else with the game in the background." Then, no one claims the TV at game time, or the kids ask "hey dad, are the Reds on tonight?" and that is my invitation to pull out the needle, er, remote, and turn on the TV.
Anyone else fighting this battle night after night? Do you find relief when a day game happens and there is no game on to fight the need for a fix? Or, do I need an intervention?
BTW, if everyone else goes to bed before the game is over and the game is worth watching, guess where I'll be in the final few innings tonight?