Yesterday I flew back from Singapore to Los Angeles on United. 15 hours…right in the midst of Game 5 of the World Series. But even with no satellite TV onboard, I still managed to keep up with the game.
I’m an LA native and used to be a hard-core Dodgers fan. I’ve still got a huge collection of baseball cards, signed baseballs, tickets, and schedules from the years in the late ’90s and early ’00s in which I would not miss a game.
As a kid, I would play Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series Game 1 home run, over and over on my VCR. I could quote Vin Scully’s entire commentary during his at-bat by heart.
By 2011, the year I moved to Germany, I drifted from following all competitive sports. Truthfully, I have not set foot inside Dodger Stadium since the 2009 National League Championship Series.
But this year the LA Dodgers are back in the World Series. So perhaps I’m just a “Bandwagoner” now, but I’ve been following the playoffs this year and certainly the World Series.
Small problem: my 15hr flight had live no TV. Internet onboard was also not fast enough to stream anything.
Solution: MLB Gameday.
There was no sound. There were no pictures. Just simulated batters and a play-by-play of each pitch and where it crossed the plate. Red signaled a strike, green a ball, and blue a hit or other contact.
I could not take my eyes off the phone as the game stretched into extra innings.
Sunday night’s Game 5 will go down as one of the most incredible games in World Series history, even though my team lost. It was thrilling even to watch it from my United business class seat 40,000 feet above the ground off the coast of Singapore.
It’s not an ideal solution, but it works.