Posted by Drew Zeitlin.:
Hello everybody. It is day 4 of the great experiment with MLB.com At Bat 2010 iPhone app. Today we have video. One of the things we were most looking forward to was watching a baseball game on the iPhone. In our first chance to watch a game from the iPhone the game was from WGN. Not that there is anything wrong with watching a game from WGN but we had seen many games on WGN and was looking for something different. The next time we had a chance to watch a baseball game from the iPhone the game was rained out. Rain outs are part of baseball and we were 0-2 in watching baseball from the iPhone. Monday night was different there was no rain and no WGN. Even though it was a Spring Training Game it was a good match up. It was Tampa Bay vs Boston. The Sox had Josh Beckett on the mound. Even though we still know more base coaches and broadcasters then players, we have heard of Josh Beckett, he was the hero for the Florida Marlins in the 2003 World Series.
We put the iPhone on wi-fi, then plug it in (the battery was already low and there was no way it was going to last with a video broadcast), and we sat down to watch our first baseball game on an iPhone. We watch 6 innings of the game and we would have to say we are very impressed of what we saw. The quality was very good. It was so good that we could even see curve balls break, especially Josh Beckett's curve balls. Not sure it was because of the quality of the picture or the quality of the curve ball. It was like watching it on TV except on a much smaller screen. The one problem we did have was reading the small graphics which were usually the player's stats. Not sure if that was the picture quality, screen quality, or this viewer is getting older. NESN did the broadcast and did a great job. They had a lot of guest in the broadcast booth including the GM of the Red Sox, Theo Epstein who really gave a good synopsis of where he thought the Sox were, who was going to make the team, and on the 2010 season. We stopped watching after six innings because the players were reminding us that it was a spring training game and had lost interest.
Video was not the only thing that we experience from MLB.com At Bat 2010. We were able to catch two radio broadcast. The first one was a game between the Rangers and the Rockies. One team that we are a little familiar with is the Colorado Rockies. It sure did not sound like the Rockies sent their top players because we did not recognize very many names and the Rangers announcer did not seem to familiar with those names either. The second game was a game between the Dodgers and the Indians. The Dodgers announcers gave up on this game very early. It was the last week of spring training the players were bored and the announcers were bored. We too had a hard time concentrating on the game and at one point we realized these announcers were talking about everything but the game. The best part came when they were talking about sending text messages to space. After hearing that we knew it was time to call it a night we were bored too.
Here is the good take away for today. The video is great and we are looking forward to the regular season. The bad take away for today is spring training games get sloppy and at some point we all get bored. The fun part was thinking about how does one send a text message to space. Till next time.