Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Top 10 Benefits of MLB.TV

Dr. Mrs. the Sportsthodoxy and I just cut the cord on cable, choosing instead to go with a combination of Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crackle, YouTube and about a million other options, none of which let us actually watch this week's Rick and Morty. But along with that, we got the MLB.TV package, which has become something of an obsession. Here, then, are the ten best things about watching games on MLB.TV:

  1. Listening to Vin Scully call a game, because listening to Vin Scully makes everything better.
  2. Tuning in to a game where one of the pitchers on your fantasy team is cruising, and inevitably doing so just in time to watch him give up a 473-foot home run. Every. Goddamn. Time.
  3. Discovering that the Spanish-language broadcast of Rays games is much more exciting and interesting than the regular broadcast of Rays games, even if you don't speak Spanish.
  4. Accumulating data on how many teams' broadcast combos are better than the White Sox's. (Answer: all of them except the Yankees.)
  5. Learning the latest cutesy yet contorted nickname Yankees broadcaster John Sterling has attached to a home run. Because "An A-Bomb from A-Rod" never gets old. (Oh. Wait. Yes it does.)
  6. Seeing how many different ways local announcers can pitch "Get MLB.TV!". Which is particularly funny if you're watching on MLB.TV.
  7. Taking a quick survey of the harebrained rules changes various announcing teams favor across baseball, and figuring out why that would help their team in particular.
  8. Being able to watch Royals mascot "Slugger" in HD, and realizing that his head looks like it's actually made of melted cheese.
  9. Inducing sudden fits of nostalgia when  tuning into Phillies broadcasts and realizing none of the guys I grew up listening to are still doing games.
  10. And there's always Vin Scully.

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