Well, it finally got here. The last day of Chipper Jones’ amazing career was Friday, October 5, 2012. They say “you will never know the day or the hour,” but fans knew it starting in the 8th inning of the game. A horrible call served as a game-changer in the bottom of the 8th, and fans rebelled by throwing trash and beer cans all over Turner Field. You can read more about the play here. Braves fans of all walks of life threw their hands up in dens across the nation when an ump in the outfield decided to make a call in the infield. And the decision to not overturn the call did not help the situation at hand. The game was delayed for 18 minutes in order to clean the debris off the field, yet the umpires stood their ground on what will go down to be one of the worst calls – if not THE WORST call – in Major League Baseball history.
But now that I have ranted just a moment about the call, I feel that I can bring up what I came here to talk about: a new smartphone app that was offered during the game. It was called Social Dugout. There were advertisements all over the place for the app before the game, so finally, about 4 minutes before the first pitch, I gave in. The download bar moved slower than I was willing to wait because I was eager for the game to begin. My dad was at the game in person, so I felt that if I could just join this “social dugout,” maybe it could simulate me being there….in some form or fashion, at least. Well, it kind of did.
You can watch a video/advertisement about the app here. I was able to communicate with Braves and Cardinals fans alike, and I could make predictions about plays throughout the game to earn rewards. I couldn’t help but think about one of my earlier blogs. Feel free to glance back at “Football is fun?…Zero fun sir.”
So my question for you today is this: Is Baseball still fun without being able to communicate with other fans about the game? I would say, “DUH! Yes, Clara….baseball is always fun.” But think about it a little bit. Is it MORE fun when you are able to interact with the game a little more than screaming at the TV in a den by yourself? Give me your input. What do you think of the new Social Dugout app?