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Saturday, April 04, 2020

Baseball Question of the Day: Which historical game would you want to see?

This is a hard question insofar as it forces you to make a choice. I mean, there are probably dozens, scores — hundreds! — of games I’d love to be able to hop into a time machine and see live, and I have to pick just one? Jeez.

Of course there’s a problem here: I’ve spent much of the past couple of weeks talking about how I’d rather see a game that is new to me rather than one I already know the outcome to. Doesn’t this exercise negate that? Under that set of assumptions, am I not going to be happier seeing some random 1965 tilt between the Senators and the White Sox than I am to see one of baseball’s most memorable games? Probably!

Well, since we’re assuming the existence of time machines let’s set an additional fantastical ground rule: once you step into the time machine, any specific personal knowledge you have of the game is erased. Or at least as much as you specify. All you know is that you are about to be sent back in time to see something cool and historic, maybe with a little context if you feel you need it. After the game is over your previous memory is restored but, of course, it is now augmented by the experience of having witnessed the amazing game or event or whatever you choose.

Does that make sense? I’m really not sure. My brain is starting to get broken by the lack of structure in society so I’m not sure if that holds together.

I’m trying to make up my mind, as there are too many good candidates throughout baseball history- any of you have a better idea what you want to see?

 

QLE Posted: April 04, 2020 at 01:06 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: games past, history, questions

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Missing Baseball? One Classic Game for Every Fan to Rewatch

Get your baseball fix by spending a few hours watching an all-time game from your favorite team. We didn’t specifically try to choose the best or most iconic or most memorable game, just a game you wish you could flick on the TV right now to see.

A few of those games are embedded below, but every club has a classic game linked below the team name. Enjoy.

And, on a positive note, there’s a bit more range here than in some similar lists I’ve seen, especially given the limitations of what survives and is easily accessible.

 

QLE Posted: March 25, 2020 at 12:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasting, games past

Thursday, March 19, 2020

NFL, NBA offer free access to past games. MLB should follow their lead.

On Wednesday, both the NFL and the NBA announced that, as a way to encourage fans to practice social distancing amid Coronavirus (COVID-19), they are offering free access to past games. For the NFL, this is through NFL Game Pass. For the NBA, this is through NBA League Pass.

NFL Game Pass offers full, commercial-free broadcasts of preseason, regular season, and playoff games from 2009-19 as well as condensed 45-minute replays. Furthermore, fans can access various camera angles, film sessions, and film breakdowns. NBA League Pass offers full and condensed replays of games from the 2019-20 season along with an archive of classic games.

MLB has yet to do the same, though they are giving away some digital copies of MLB The Show 20, a video game that was just released. The league should follow the NFL and NBA’s lead and offer fans free access to MLB.tv to encourage social distancing. It costs the league next to nothing and can be a great way to maintain fan interest in a time when their attention can be diverted into any number of other directions. Additionally, it can be a great way to rope in new fans.

In my case, I’m interested out of a bit of personal curiosity- I wonder how many classic baseball games exist that are not currently on the tape-trading circuit, and this may be as good a time to figure that out as any…..

QLE Posted: March 19, 2020 at 01:07 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: archives, games past

 

 

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