Tag: MLB At Bat

I Love It When A Plan Fails To Come Together

No, wait, that’s not right. I fucking hate it when a plan fails to come together. Especially when I did absolutely everything in my power to allow things to go as planned, only to have someone else completely shit the bed.

I was so excited to watch (part of) the Phillies’ first spring training game at work today. I left the house just after 6:30 in the morning to ensure that I was at the office by 8. That way I could take an hour for lunch, which I did at 1. It takes about five minutes to walk to my car from my desk, so I was ready to launch At Bat on my iPhone at 1:05 (just in time for first pitch). I even had a car charger ready since my iPhone battery no longer wants to hold a charge.

Everything was great; it was all going according to plan. And then At Bat was like, “oh, sure, there’s a game being played, but you can’t watch the video feed or listen to the audio feed.” (It implied this by failing to provide options for either feed.) I took to Twitter to voice my displeasure and saw that lots of other people were having the same issue on multiple devices.

Once I got back to my desk I may have logged into my MLB.tv account just to see if it would work. (It did. I’m kind of surprised it wasn’t blocked on the network, though.) I decided to try At Bat one more time and, to my surprise, TV and radio feeds were finally available. Only an hour late, but who’s counting? (Me. I’m counting.) I tried the TV feed first and it had (unsurprising) issues with buffering, so I listened to Franzke and LA call the game on the radio until that feed started having issues. I consoled myself that I’d be able to watch the archived game once I got home from work.

Turns out I was wrong. When I got home the only archived game available to me (on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV) was the Dodgers game. I put it on because a) baseball and b) I was pretty sure Vin Scully called it. (He did.) At about 8:30 I decided to look one last time for the Phillies on my iPad before I gave up and watched the game online. Well, the archived game had finally shown up, so I finally got to watch it.

Someone at MLBAM needs to be fired for this debacle, though. I know that this is the most luxurious of luxury problems. And I know that demanding someone be fired is a super douche-y move. But there should be consequences for a product launch this fucked up. Did the start of spring training games catch them unawares? Did no one ever realize that the pretty new iOS 7 version of the app needed to provide paying customers that which they paid for? (Scores and news and highlights are great and all, but there are a million other places I can get those things. I pay for MLB.tv Premium to stream live games.)

Incompetence makes me so angry, you guys.

Until tomorrow.

Hip Hip Hooray

You will never believe what I just did. I applied for a job! A job in Philly that sounds cool! So I would appreciate whatever positive vibes you want to send my way.

I’m excited about the job but also really, really nervous. It will suck if they don’t like me, but if they do like me I’ll have to go through an interview and all that crap. But a job interview is actually a good problem to have, right? So if I have my choice I’ll take that one.

You know what’s terrifying, though? Having an entire section of your resume devoted to your great attention to detail. Because having a typo or other error on a resume is always bad, so imagine how much worse I’d look if I claim “attention to detail” as one of my greatest skills and have a typo or something. I’d look like a giant liar. But I really wanted to get my resume submitted today so I couldn’t afford to be paralyzed by fear of typos. My parents looked at it, I looked at it a lot, I have to believe that it is typo- and error-free.

(See why I need positive vibes so badly?)

In other awesome news, the newest version of MLB’s At Bat app was (finally) released today. It’s a good thing, too, since spring training games start tomorrow! I haven’t had time to really play around with it because of the very important job-hunting work I was doing, but I know I’ll become very familiar with it very soon. I really am so very excited about the At Bat app and MLB.tv and being able to watch some friggin’ baseball (baseball that doesn’t count for anything but whatever, baseball!). I’m totally going to reward myself with some baseball watching tomorrow ūüôā

Yep, today was pretty good. And hopefully it will lead to better things.

Until tomorrow.

This Is Progress

The first thing I did when I (finally) woke up this morning was check Is It Spring Training Yet? on my phone. What I saw is below.

this made me smile
this made me smile

This is progress. Admittedly, it’s not much progress. But beat writers were tweeting pictures of Roy Halladay throwing and Bright House Field and Roy Halladay running. This is tangible proof that baseball is really, truly coming back. And that makes me happy as happy can be ūüôā Plus, every time I saw a picture from inside Bright House Field I tried to figure out if I knew where it was and I went 3-for-3. I felt pretty proud of myself.

I was so excited that I decided to change my desktop wallpaper from a picture of Brand New to a picture of Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins. Switching from Brand New was kind of a big deal, but I’m happy I did it ūüôā

All of the baseball on my Twitter feed reminded me to check on my MLB.tv account as well. I’m still set to auto-renew, which was the thing I really needed to check. And it looks like I’ll get At Bat for free again this year – yay! (I cannot stress enough how wonderful MLB.tv and the MLB At Bat app are. If you like baseball at all you should get them.)

I think this is the first time I’ve written about the Phillies this year without being full of negativity. But that’s what Spring Training is all about, right? It’s a blank slate.

Until tomorrow.

Tweets From The Future

Today I experienced the phenomenon that I call “tweets from the future.” ¬†Now, today wasn’t the first time I experienced this phenomenon. ¬†In fact, I experienced it approximately 162 times last year. ¬†The weird thing is, I had completely forgotten about it until this afternoon. ¬†And I’m kinda surprised that I forgot it since I enjoyed it so much last year (most of the time, anyway).

See, today marked the first time that I watched a baseball game between two MLB teams (Phillies and Yankees) this year. ¬†Oddly enough, it wasn’t broadcast on any Tampa cable network. ¬†No, it was broadcast on CSN Philly and I was watching it through the miracle that is MLB.tv and the MLB At Bat app.

The only (little, bitty) problem with MLB.tv is that the feed is a little behind the live feed on actual TV. ¬†And that is why I’m able to get tweets from the future. ¬†Approximately 95% of the Phillies fans that I follow on Twitter live in the land of Wawa and TastyKakes and they’re watching the game on CSN Philly or PHL 17 or wherever that day’s game is being broadcast. ¬†Which means that they’re always a couple of seconds ahead of what I’m watching.

This tweets from the future phenomenon isn’t as annoying as it might sound. ¬†For the most part, the tweets I’m reading match up to what I just saw. ¬†But sometimes my feed will be flooded with UUUUUUUU or Chorch or something else that would tell me that something good was about to happen in the game. ¬†(For example, a home run from Raul Ibanez or Carlos Ruiz.) ¬†I really enjoy those future tweets. ¬†The other type of future tweets, the ones that presaged doom, aren’t as much fun. ¬†But they don’t seem to happen nearly as often either.

Today’s tweets from the future were the good kind. ¬†The Phillies’ third baseman, Hector Luna, apparently made a great catch. ¬†Or something. ¬†I never actually got to see it because that was when my WiFi decided to start going wonky and I had to give up the video feed. ¬†(That’s a problem that’s far more annoying than tweets from the future, but I can’t blame MLB.tv for it.)

Really, the weirdest thing I saw today was this thing on Scott Podsednik’s hand.

Is it a mitten?

For the record, I am fully cognizant of the fact that I’m not getting tweets from the future. ¬†In fact, I think it’s good for the superstitious fan in my head that what I am watching has already happened. ¬†I can’t do something dumb like hold my breath in the hopes that Chase Utley will tie the game; Utley’s at bat has already happened.

Until tomorrow.

Month In Review: February

Let’s jump right into it because there’s something else I’d rather talk about ūüėČ

  1. Take better care of myself. ¬†Unlike last month, this month I can categorically say that I did take better care of myself. ¬†Did I do everything that I lumped into this rather vague resolution every day? ¬†No, but overall I did a better job than I normally do. ¬†For example, I ate much healthier than normal (except for last weekend) and I exercised more days than I didn’t (which is huge for me). ¬†Major props, Kristin, keep it up.
  2. Read every day. ¬†I didn’t have any room for improvement with this resolution, which is fine. ¬†The important thing was to continue the good work from January, which I did. ¬†I read three books this month and, unlike last month, I didn’t have to read two books concurrently to accomplish that. ¬†Fabulous job, Kristin.
  3. Blog every day. ¬†Again, this wasn’t about getting better in February as much as it was about keeping up the momentum from January. ¬†Although, technically I did improve in February because I blogged every single day this month. ¬†I know, I gave myself the Internet Blackout off, but I also really love gold stars. ¬†Excellent work, Kristin.
  4. Work on my house. ¬†This also showed improvement month over month. ¬†(Oh God, I sound like I’m writing a KRI [Key Risk Indicator] report or something.) ¬†I haven’t really done anything big (except maybe cleaning out my closet), but I have been doing little things here and there. ¬†I got rid of two bankers’ boxes worth of junk mail at a shredding event on Saturday. ¬†And I’ve been inspired to organize the loose papers sitting around my office the past two days. ¬†There’s still a lot to do, but my mom is always telling me that I just have to do a little bit every day, so I’m trusting her on that. ¬†Keep it up, Kristin.

No, I don’t really know why I started talking to myself at the end of each bullet point either. But you get the idea, I can give myself gold stars across the board for February, but there is still room for improvement in March (and beyond). ¬†All in all, though, I’m feeling pretty good about things.

Of course, that good feeling may largely be due to the “something else I’d rather talk about.” Namely, baseball (natch). ¬†I listened to a live baseball game today! ¬†And the Phillies were playing and everything! ¬†It was pretty glorious. ¬†The only way it would’ve been better was if it had been televised. ¬†Alas, it was not, but at least the FSU broadcast was carried online (which is not a thing that happens with MLB broadcasts, in fact, I’m pretty sure those can’t legally be streamed online). ¬†The Phillies won, but that wasn’t even the point. ¬†Baseball!

In other awesome baseball news, the MLB At Bat app finally came out today.  I was counting down the days.  (I know an app seems like a weird thing to impatiently await, but it is one of the best apps ever.)  And the best part is, the app is free this year.  And I get the awesome, game-streaming version of it for free because of my MLB.TV subscription.  I had no idea that At Bat would be free until a week ago; I was saving a $15 iTunes gift card specifically for it.  Now I have a $15 iTunes gift card to spend on something fun.  Hooray!

Until tomorrow.