When Homers Make History: Hamilton’s 4-HR Night…

On Tuesday, Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers had a night to remember. He hit 4 home runs and added in a double to set an American League single-game record of 18 total bases. You can read about it here.

Needless to say, it was an achievement that garnered tons of buzz (on sports channels, on the web, on Twitter, you name it).

Jim Rome had a “take” on Wednesday that included a video clip. I was looking forward to seeing for myself. Then this happened:


Looks like the MLB police stepped in. If you want to see it, you have to honor their rights and expose yourself to the advertisers.

Here’s what I noticed on the MLB site…

Are you seeing what I am seeing? There are a lot of “title sponsors” for each segment of the website (i.e. ACE FastCast)

But if you missed seeing it for yourself, there’s only one source: MLB.com

Okay, I get why MLB Advanced Media wants to push you through their portal. But people like Jim Rome help elevate interest in the game itself. The “take down” police need to relax!


BTW… Fair use has been in the news this week.
Fair use is made up of four different components:

> The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
> The nature of the copyrighted work
> The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
> The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work

So I guess, “fair use” is only fair if you embed the video from MLB.com. All other sources are off limits.
I wish MLB would play nicer.

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