Do you get woozy and euphoric each fall? Do you struggle to stay focused at work and engage with family and friends? If so, you may have pennant fever.
The disease is expected to strike around October 5th this year, when Major League Baseball playoffs begin. People living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Cincinnati, the south side of Chicago, DC, and the state of Texas are particularly at risk.
For those that must contend with the bug while fulfilling other less important commitments — work, food shopping, dinner with the in-laws, etc. — there are mobile apps that can help.
- MLB: Who’s going to have the most comprehensive app out there for Major League Baseball? Major League Baseball Advanced Media, of course. At Bat 12 is available for Android, Blackberry, iOS and Windows platforms. The app gives you news, standings, schedules, rosters, and stats; a customizable home screen to feature your favorite team; in-progress scores; and a widget for one-click access to your favorite team’s homepage. For the exceptionally baseball obsessed, there’s “game-of-the-day” access, radio broadcasts, in-progress video highlights and more…. (If you want a “sampling” of the app, try the free version called At Bat Lite.) As of July 2012, there have been 5 million downloads of At Bat 12.
- Score Mobile: For those of you who can only steal a few quick glances at your phone to soothe that fever, the self-proclaimed “Best Sports App Ever” can help satiate with push alerts, a sports ticker, blog, and live chat features. In addition to baseball, ScoreMobile covers the usual team sports along with MMA, cricket (yes, cricket), auto racing, and lacrosse to name a few. The app is available for Android and iOS (both free).
- Yahoo!Sportacular: Yahoo has undergone some tough changes over the last few years, but one area in which it still excels is sports coverage, as seen with its sports app, Yahoo!Sportacular (Y!S). With just a few taps of the screen, MLB fans can get the latest game scores (finals and in-progress), winning and losing pitcher reports, team records, and play-by-play accounting of entire games. Beyond baseball, Y!S has you covered for NFL, NCAA College Football, NBA, NCAA Basketball, NHL, PGA golf, Premier League soccer, NASCAR, and Tennis. Like the aforementioned apps, Y!S is available on Android and iOS (free).
H/T: Apple, Google Play