August 10, 2007

ABNER LOVES ME, THIS I KNOW...:, iTunes deliver season's best (Mark Newman, 8/10/07,

Major League Baseball reaches the three-quarter pole of its regular season next week, and one can just imagine the drama to follow as most clubs are involved in a chase involving all six divisional races and the usual Wild Card madness.

This is an opportune time, then, to head right over to the Games of the Year on iTunes and download full broadcasts of the games that already have captured our interest over the first 75 percent of the 2007 schedule. Each download is $1.99, or the Season Pass is $19.99 and includes every listing.

The first year of this capability for baseball fans has coincided with a year of magical milestones unlike any year in the Majors dating back to the 1800s. There has just been nothing like 2007, and nothing quite like this technology delivery method for fans.

For residents of the tri-state area, the first day of Spring was always Jonathan Schwartz's Superbowl Sunday Tribute to Baseball, during which he'd play historic stuff, like Vin Scully's incomparable cal of the 9th inning of Koufax's perfect game* and great baseball songs, but would also just play a portion of a random meaningless game. The beauty of baseball -- on the radio in particular -- being that the rhythms and sounds make most every game listenable.

I've looked all over the web to try and find archives of old games, but about the only site I've found that has any is the invaluable Internet Archives. So this service from MLB is indeed welcome. The off-season just got a whole lot shorter.

* It turns out there's also tape of his call of Koufax's first no-hitter in 1962.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 10, 2007 8:42 AM

We don't have a local radio station that covers any baseball anymore. When I was young we had Cardinals on 1420 and Reds on 1490 AM. Advertisers started dropping out in the late '80s and early '90s and that is so sad.

MLB Extra Innings, on cable, does black both teams out for us however. Even though my city is at least a 3 1/2 hour drive from both St. Louis and Cincy.

Posted by: Bartman at August 10, 2007 11:39 AM