Disclaimer..This is not meant to be in any way deroggatory toward MLB, MLB.com, MLBlogs, TBS, or any other faction that may be involved in the Post Season.
Now that I have your attention and managed to get all my keywords in the first few lines…*grin*
I’m sitting here in my living room preping for tomorrow. (now today..I took a while to complete this one) You see here in Indiana the games will start around 2:30pm. I have to decide how to go about this, you see MLB has given me too many options.
I’ve got regular TV with TBS
I’ve got mlb.com with TBS giving me gameday, audio, stats
I’ve got twitter, facebook, etc
I’ve got my I phone giving me post season updates, video updates, and audio
I’ve got the postseason website from MLB
and of course the blog.
So how do I possibly update, check, listen,blog, and more while really enjoying the game!
I want to give MLB a round of applause for being the most interactive sport I know. (Take that NFL!)
So tell me how you’re watching or emmersing yourself in the games this week?
Editor’s Note: To all my loyal readers I apologize for the long drought of articles between my last few and now. Between getting ready for fantasy baseball season, getting ready for little league ball, work and family I just ran out of time. I would rather give you something good to read or something to get steamed about than just sling something out just to say I did. Thanks again, and now on with the show!
The count down has come to an end,
and they boys of summer are back and there will be ball games to attend.
A spring training league usually named after a fruit
With a bunch of players trying to become the next big recruit.
It brings a tear to my eye to see the scoreboard come back to life on MLB.com
Brings back the memories of hot dogs that was brought to me by some lady named mom.
So pack up the peanuts and a hidden flask of your favorite drink.
Because baseball is coming…coming much sooner than you think!
We’re t-minus 1hr and 10 mins from the first pitch at the time I write this blog. I love baseball, don’t get me wrong, but today is the day. It’s not really about the game today for me as it is the day of mental preparation.
The marathon starts today.
Eight months of baseball starts today
Six months of fantasy baseball starts today
Five months of little league baseball starts today (ok there’s a month of planning in there, but you get the point)
November through today is the rest break before the endurance challenge begins. You spend Novemember saying thank god it’s over, how could THAT team ever win a World Series, and how the heck was I so fooled into think MY team ever had a chance of anything in 2008. You boycott baseball for a little bit.
Then comes the winter meetings
You start hearing news of new players joining your team, and maybe, just maybe they’ve fixed the issues that will make your team a contender this year. Or in my case just hoping to break .500. Yep this is where the fence begins to mend in your mind. You begin reading articles, listening to podcasts, and looking at stats again….all be it occasionally, definately not daily, but you do.
Then it happens
Weekly migrates to daily, a rant begins to form, you start going to sports bars at lunch just to see if there is anything good on. You go to your teams winter caravan to tell your teams coach what the heck he’s doing wrong, but really your actually just happy to be around baseball friends it feels like Christmas all over again and your aggravation just melts away.
Now your craving baseball.
So much that your girl can’t stand to be around you because your even more obsessed than you were the weeks before. Theres only one cure for this.
Name a sport that does as well on the internet as the MLB? I’m sitting here in front of my PC just wondering how much better it will get in 09 in the advancements of fan interaction than what the MLB has already given us.
We’ve got the basics
MLB.com one of the best layouts for sports information given. A once source, no more than 3 clicks away database of everything baseball. Players, stats, teams, news, rumors, message boards, shopping, blogging, and the list goes on and on.
MLB Mobile One of those fans that needs their news on the go, or likes to be able to check out stats, scores, ect where ever you are? MLB mobile is awwwesome! They’ve got it setup for your basic cell phone users, your black berry users, and for the high end you can do everything in the palm of your hand I Phone users!!!
Me being one of them of course, I Phone user here (raising his hand geekishly) I’ll write a whole nother article about the wonders of the MLB At Bat application, but it’s worth an extra note here. If your a baseball fan, and you own an I Phone and don’t have this application I ask you “What kind of baseball geek are you?”
Then we go to the next level
The joys of MLB.TV You guessed it, baseball on your laptop. Streaming TV of your favorite team or really any team, any game, any time. I can’t tell you how many nights this was my best friend in 08. I was at work or somewhere when the game was on and bored . MLB.TV was there.
When the season starts you have Game Day Audio this is my friend when I’m actually trying to get work done and don’t want to be staring into my tv or laptop screen the whole time. This with the play by play off the main page and I can listen and catch up on a game in progress while getting what needs to be done to pay the bills done all at the same time. Any game, not just my beloved Reds.