Before there was television and before there was radio, baseball cranks gathered at bars and betting houses to “watch” games unfold on large mechanical scoreboards updated by hand as play came across the teletype. Nearly a century later, here I am half a world away from home, using the Internet to follow the game in the same manner—via ESPN’s “Gamecast,” a modern day equivalent to those mechanical marvels of yesteryear.
It’s a pretty good substitute. Here, today, was Jorge up with the bases loaded and one down in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth. This is what we saw [and what we thought]:
Pitch 1: Strike 1 (looking) [Okay Jorge: smart to take a pitch here…stay patient.]
Pitch 2: Ball 1 [Way to be patient. Make him come to you.]
Pitch 3: Strike 2 (swinging) [Ugh. Is he overmatched? Please, no DP]
Pitch 4: Ball 2 [Come on, Jorge!]
Pitch 5: Ball 3 [Yes. Full count. You’re in the driver’s seat]
And here there was one very pregnant pause, until…
Pitch 6: Ball 4 [YANKEES WIN!]
Let’s hope a nice comeback win turns things around.