Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Game Is Always On

Until this evening, I had not watched more than a few innings of a baseball game in nearly a week. Inconceivable, you say? Well, I am Your Baseball Girl, so even though I wasn't physically at a game, or watching the games on TV because of my very busy schedule, I still managed to follow the Yankees, the White Sox in B*ston and, here and there, the Cardinals and Reds series.

When I can't see the action of the game, I have several methods, each with its own pros and cons, that help me follow the play by play. All of these outlets are free, or included in my mobile plan, so I don't have to pay for extras, like MLB TV or Yankees on YES.

The next time you are wondering what's going on during a day game or are on the road, give one of these bad boys a shot:

MLB GameDay - The GameDay graphics have improved greatly over the past few years, and you can now view where the pitches land with minimal delay. The box score, pitching report, scoring plays and a running breakdown of ABs can be viewed. It's actually a great resource when watching a game if you want to check on something that happened earlier in the game. I love GameDay for when I am working (shhh!) or have traveled to a region that doesn't air Yankees games. Sometimes, I even follow the White Sox game on GameDay while watching the Yankees on TV.

I always get to GameDay by heading to my team's home page and clicking on the GameDay icon, which appears within 30 minutes of each game and stays there through the last pitch.

Mobile MLB - I have the HTC Evo, and when I have internet service, I can get the same basic GameDay features on my phone. The Yankees' Mobile MLB page is even the home page on my phone's internet browser, since it is usually the first thing I want to see. I frequently use this method during commutes, while in line at the store, well, pretty much anywhere that is not my home, Yankee Stadium or a sports bar.

Twitter - It's sometimes hard to catch the score on Twitter, but it's an excellent accessory for the computer/mobile MLB programs. The users I follow Tweet interesting plays that I can't see and they can usually make me laugh with their razzing of the Yankees announcers' banal conversation topics.

Google Texting - A colleague from back in the day taught me that I can send a text to Google (466453) with pretty much anything, and I will get some kind of response. I use this if I am looking for an address, - the name of the establishment and a zip code or city are usually sufficient - movie times - type the name of the movie and a zip code - and a baseball score. Type in the name of the team and it will likely return the current score, the inning and the date and time of the next game. I've never tried this with "Tigers" or "Angels", two team names that are vague enough to return restaurant names, but I imagine, adding the word "score" to the team name will return the desired result.

I find this method works best when there is no/slow internet, like in certain underground subway stations, or when I need a quick answer, say if a date is busy looking at his menu and I can blindly type seven letters under the table. Bonus! Google texting works for football and hockey scores too.

Internet Radio - I've never been one for radio, so I haven't tried this option yet, but a Tweep @JPLS, told me about SportsRadio620. It seems that you can use this site to listen to many, if not all, MLB game broadcasts.

What do you use to keep up with the game? Let us know in the comments and I will let you know how it works out for me the next time the Yankees don't work with my schedule.

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