I’m a baseball fan, a Mac fan, and an iTunes fan. So it’s no surprise when all three of these glorious things intersected, I was one of the first in line to partake in their combined offering.
For the same $1.99 price iTunes charges you for a typical 30-minute or 60-minute television episode, Apple is offering some of the greatest games in baseball history, be they 2 1/2 hours or 3 1/2 hours long. While full-length feature films of the same duration can go for $9.99 or $12.99, less than 2 bucks can bring the game to your computer, or in concert with AppleTV, to your big screen.
Though a diehard A’s fan still suffering scars from the 1988 World Series loss to the Dodgers, I put down $1.99 to relive Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run against Dennis Eckersley. I paid $1.99 to see the great Nolan Ryan pitch the last of his record 7 no-hitters. And I paid $1.99 to see the Curse of Babe Ruth extended one more year as Aaron Boone sent the Yankees to the World Series, ending the Red Sox season in gut-wrenching fashion.
See thumbnails from the games below. Click any of the three to enlarge.
MLB.com’s Baseball’s Best offers 11 different classic games for download, dating all the way back to 1952’s World Series which saw the Yankees prevail over the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Prefer more recent games? MLB.com also offers the American League Game of the Week and National League Game of the Week. Each game is the same $1.99, and you could subscribe to the entire season for $19.99.
With baseball offering more than a century’s worth of highlights and thrills, there’s no doubt this is just the tip of the iceberg, and iTunes has made it incredibly easy to take the ballgame home. You’re responsible for the popcorn, peanuts and Cracker Jacks, at additional charge.