Why you should download the MLB.com At Bat app to your smartphone or tablet
That’s the price of MLB.com At Bat, the app available on the iPhone and Android that you simply must have if you’re a baseball fan. Technically the app is free to download, but to use any of the cool features like live radio broadcasts for every game or streaming video of most games (geographical blackout restrictions apply) you’ll need to fork over the $20.
Now, $20 might seem like a lot. It’s more money than a fast food value meal, a six pack of cheap beer and probably a whole list of other items. But compared to other baseball-centric purchases, it’s a huge bargain.
In order to play MLB The Show ’13, the best baseball videogame on the market today, you’ll have to spend upwards of $60 at a store like GameStop. Even factoring in the 2.5 percent cash back you’d get from the purchase that’s still close to 3 times as much money for a video game than it is to watch an entire season’s worth of real baseball games on your smartphone or tablet.
God forbid you’re interested in actually playing baseball. An aluminum baseball bat from Sports Authority will run you at least $100. The 4 percent cash back on the bat would help, but the amount of homers you can watch on MLB.com At Bat versus the amount you’ll hit yourself with that bat simply doesn’t compare.
Even going to a game isn’t as cost effective. StubHub offers discounted tickets sold by people who can’t go to the game or otherwise no longer want their seats, and you might even find a game or two where your tickets are under $20, total. But could you find a whole season of games for under $20? Unlikely.
Sure, each of these items are unique and fun in their own way, but if we’re talking pure price value, the MLB.com At Bat app is absolutely the crown jewel of the baseball season. So download it, pay the $19.99, and enjoy the season!
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