Updated 07/12/2012 06:58 AM
Sports fans suffering from "baseball blues"
While the Mets and Yankees are enjoying some time off courtesy of the Major League All-Star break, sports fans are suffering. You might call it the "what to do blues." Our Christian Farrell has more on their malady - and perhaps a potential cure.
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MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. - Something's not right at the The Bullpen Sports Bar in Middletown. It has nothing to do with what's on the walls. Instead it has everything to with what's on the television. News - in a sports bar.
"It's unusual. But there is a Texas Hold 'Em Tournament on later tonight. That's the only sports in town. Thank God this only happens one or twice a year. If it happened more than that we'd be in trouble," said sports bar owner Dave Raymond.
With Major League Baseball on hiatus because of the All-Star break - the Mets and Yankees won't play ball again until the end of the week. Some baseball fans like Bill Lawless simply call it depressing.
"So, what do you watch tonight?"
"Zero. Absolutely nothing," said Lawless.
Now when the major leagues are off, one potential back up plan for the sports starved fan - head out to the minor league park to catch a game.
In the Hudson Valley that means making the trip to Dutchess Stadium to watch the Renegades.
"The all-star game was last night. There's nothing on TV sports-wise tonight. So, what a beautiful night to bring your family," said Renegades Media Relations Director Joe Ausanio.
More than 4,000 fans take a break from the Mets and Yankees Wednesday night to watch the Renegades and the Muckdogs. Some though say they're not here just because the big leaguers are off.
"It's our team. It's our community team. Why wouldn't you want to come here? Go watch those over-paid, over-priced babies play in a game where if they get a hang nail they don't want to play anymore," said Renegades fan John Bohlinger of Newburgh.
Those, shall we say "better paid" players, will return to the field on Friday.