There are a lot of fun toys on the iPhone. Games, crossword puzzles, etc. But the best app I have found takes me back to my childhood. It's MLB.com At Bat. And, it lets you listen to the radio feed of any game being played, from either the home or away broadcast team. It's some of the best $10 I have spent in a good long time.
I'll be the first to admit that I am old, but I fondly remember listening to the old AM radio signals of baseball teams when I was growing up. At night, those AM transmitters from the plains could go along way. In college, in Vermont, I could regularly pick up Cubs and Cardinals games. I would often drift to sleep listening to the sounds of baseball.
Now, I can relive those moments, whether it's the Pirates broadcast team that talks about text messages they receive during the game, the delightfully small market ads on the Royals baseball network, the dulcet tones of Jon Miller broadcasting Giants games or Bob Uecker still going solo in the Brewer's booth. In some ways, hearing the old guys that usually populate the AM radio booth discuss the game takes me back.
Special notice has to go to Eucker. Growing up in Texas and SF, my familiarity with him was Mr. Belvedere and Major League. He is a pleasant surprise, calling a game with subtle humor and stories galore. I definitely lean towards Brewers games whenever I am listening.
The best part is that, with the notable exception of a few big market teams, the radio crews sound like the dinky old baseball teams I remember. Heck, many of them are the same from back in the late 80s when I listened. I'm enjoying this chance to experience corners of baseball that I may not have been familiar with, and to hear AM radio ads from across the country (the Royals deserve special mention, because they run ads for a butcher when I am listening!)
My top and bottom 5 radio teams right now:
Top: Milwaukee (even sitting some innings out, you can't beat Eucker), Washington (terrible team, but a good radio crew), SF (you just can't beat Jon Miller – although my bias should be acknowledged), Kansas City (their radio crew definitely sounds old school!) and Seattle.
Bottom: New York (Mets and Yankees), Boston (way too overproduced), Tampa Bay (their broadcasters remind me a little too much of Morning Zoo DJs, complete with soundeffects..), White Sox (even with the gracious lack of Hawk Harrellson, still a pretty bad broadcast crew.
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