Sunday, April 12, 2009

Here's a few things I have been enjoying as the season finishes it's first week...
  • MLB Network's new show, MLB Tonight, is the best nightly baseball recap show I have ever seen. Lots of former major leaguers who can intelligently discuss the game and don't go in for a lot of schtick (listening, John Kruk?) are on the nightly panel and bring some great insights. My favorite thing about the show, however, is that they can go to any game in progress when something interesting is happening. Carlos Delgado up with the bases loaded against Edinson Volquez? They show it to you live. (That actually happened while I was watching last week.) It's like having someone watch all the games for you and directing you to the interesting bits.
  • The MLB At Bat iPhone/iPod Touch app was upgraded this year to include Gameday Audio. This means you can listen to the radio broadcast of any game if you have access to WiFi or 3G on the iPhone. I have subscribed to the Gameday Audio for the last few years and I enjoyed having it, but listening to the games involved being teathered to the computer. Now I can easily listen to a game anywhere in the house. The sound quality, at least over WiFi is pretty good - standard AM radio type sound.
  • The best moment of the Red Sox season thus far had to be the showdown on Saturday between Jonathan Papelbon and the Angels Howie Kendrick. Kendrick fouled off 7 consecutive pitches with two outs in the last of the 9th and the Angels down 5-4. Finally, Paps got him to line out to Rocco Baldelli in right to end the game and preserve the win for the Sox. The whole sequence had a post-season like feel to it, something you don't see much in the 5th game of the season.


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