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April 1, 2009
  
Time to wake up…

Pitchers and catchers reported weeks ago, the WBC Classic has come and gone, and the Holy Regular Season is less than a week away from coming into being. I don’t know about you, but I am really, really looking forward to it.

The new and exciting MLB Network has been an awfully nice offseason fix- for example, when I was a kid, my dad used to talk about what a nut Mark Fidrych was; it was really nice to finally get to see him in action when they replayed a 1976 game in which he pitched the Tigers to a win over the Yankees and made it look effortless.

And the 30 Clubs in 30 Days series of preseason profiles has been great, too. But it’s just not the same.

Today, however, I got my first official sign that it’s safe to stop hibernating: my first postgame update email (if you don’t already get them, sign up here).

It was like the sun came out and the air temperature warmed at least ten degrees.

Adding to my excitement, I found this list of Mets games on XM Radio- as of this writing, there are only like three games listed, but the link should be updated as they sort out their coverage during the Holy Regular Season. I’d imagine the link should stay the same, but if it changes, I’ll let you know as soon as I find out. 

A word about XM- I don’t know what MLB charges for in-game audio, or what you get for your money, but XM charges about $8/month ($3/month if you already have XM service) for web access to their streaming content- including what I’m told is all games. To my knowledge, you have to listen to them live and there’s no archive, but don’t quote me on that- this is my first year with XM so I don’t know the ins and outs. But their other programming is excellent, so it’s a pretty decent value as far as I’m concerned.

For the record, I’m just an XM subscriber, not an employee, nor am I affiliated with them in any way. I don’t stand to make a cent if you sign up for service, and the only way I can foresee benefitting from anyone signing up is that the more business they do, the better their service will get.

So there.

I’m actually quite psyched about being able to listen to games at work… until I got XM, I’d have to keep hitting my browser’s refresh button to reload whatever live box scores I was getting. I thought I’d be smart last season, and got a little transistor radio… except I work in an ER, and there was no way in hell an AM signal was getting in here.

Aaaaanyway, I’ll go back to posting on http://gottabelievers.com with some frequency once the season starts, if that matters to anyone. I’m really optimistic about this year, so hopefully I’ll have a lot of good things to write about.

Let’s Go Mets!


4 Responses to “Time to wake up…”

  1. Comment posted by JamesSC on April 1, 2009 at 4:08 pm (#943383)

    As far as I know XM is not allowed to broadcast games on the internet, only through the device. Could be wrong, but I am almost certain I saw that somewhere.

    Anyway, I share your optimism for the season (what else am I going to do in Spring afterall :)) and hope you get to listen to the games properly at work. Unfortunately for me the mlb site is blocked at work so I can not do the same.

  2. Comment posted by JamesSC on April 1, 2009 at 4:10 pm (#943384)

    PS. I did have an XM subscription for a year a few years back, it was interesting just didn’t seem to be worth the $$$, I mostly got it for the MLB broadcasts and did listen to one season on there (I believe in 2005), I know back then they did not have the games on the internet version, but that was when they were just starting the internet version of the broadcasts.

  3. Comment posted by JamesSC on April 1, 2009 at 4:24 pm (#943385)

    Checked it out because I would have been interested if I could now get my games anywhere with XM. Seems that MLB still denies them the ability to do this:

    http://www.spudart.org/blogs/randomthoughts_comments/P2906_0_3_0/

    So no, you won’t get your Mets games over the internet from XM sorry :(

  4. Comment posted by gottabeliever on April 1, 2009 at 10:57 pm (#943417)

    I really appreciate the heads-up. It’s a disappointment but I’ll figure something out. Bastard MLB.

    At least the link will serve to let me know what channel to tune into in the car…

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