If you're as excited for the World Series as I am, you're probably looking for some resources that will help you stay up-to-date on all the drama surrounding the Fall Classic between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies.
I've compiled a list of different resources to help you prepare for the big games, which begin Wednesday. For iPhone users, I've thrown in a couple of apps for when you're on the go. So without further ado, let's get going on the baseball chatter.
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MLB World Series Major League Baseball's World Series page is a great resource for those who want to learn just about anything related to the Fall Classic.
When you get to the site, you'll be able to read the news, watch videos related to the game, and watch all the interviews you might have missed. When the game's playing, the site will give you some updates on the progress both teams are making. You can also play World Series trivia games, buy MLB merchandise, and more. It's a great place to learn more about the World Series.
Phillies Facebook Group If you plan to support the Phillies during the World Series, you might want to consider joining the team's unofficial Facebook group. There aren't many users--about 2,500 as of this writing--but it's filled with fans who share all kinds of great content.
When I was sifting through the group's pages, I found several photos, a lot of handy links to game-related topics, and more. The Facebook group also has a discussion board where fans can discuss several team-related topics. If you plan to support the Phillies, its Facebook group is a good place to start.
Yankees Facebook Group If you want to see the Bronx Bombers take another World Series, you might want to consider joining the unofficial Yankees Facebook Group.
The Yankees Facebook Group is much larger than the Phillies' Facebook page. It has over 7,000 members. When you get to the group's page, you'll find a lot of interesting content, ranging from discussions on the Yankees, photos of Yankees fans, and more. You can also read the wall, where users are talking about their predictions for the series. Since the group is larger than the Philllies' group, there is much more discussion. That helps make it a little more viable. Expect a flurry of activity in the group when the games start.
Box Score Baseball If you're looking for a simple way to find out quickly what the score on the game is, check out Box Score Baseball.
Box Score Baseball is a free iPhone app that provides basic information on the status of a game. You'll find the score, the inning, who's batting, who's hitting, and how many hits each team has tallied. If you just want quick updates about the game, this app is for you.
MLB At Bat 2009 If you're looking for the best mobile way to track the World Series, MLB At Bat 2009 is it.
MLB At Bat 2009 features all the postseason coverage you might want. You can watch games from one of seven different camera angles right on your iPhone or iPod Touch. You can also view your content in "Quad Mode" to see four different camera angles at the same time. The app lets you see every pitch, its location, and even hear the broadcast from MLB. You can also watch "condensed games" on the app, which packs the entire three-hour-plus game into a quick 10- to 12-minute snippet. I could go on, but I think you get the point: MLB At Bat 2009 is where you want to be if you can't watch the game on the big screen. And for $9.99, it's not too expensive.
MLB On Fox Since the World Series will be broadcast on Fox this year, you'll probably want to consider following the MLB On Fox Twitter page.
The profile gives users updates on the status of a game on Fox while it's going on. When World Series games are played, expect the profile to give you play-by-play on important points in the game. That should help you out if you don't plan on watching every moment of the series.
World Series What better way to keep track of the World Series than to follow the updates on Major League Baseball's World Series Twitter page?
The MLB's World Series Twitter page is quite informative. It features information on the teams that were in the playoffs before the Phillies and Yankees won. It also includes World Series topics. So far, the page hasn't been updated much, but now that the World Series will (finally) get under way, look for the profile to be updated often. It's a must-see.
My top 3
1. MLB At Bat 2009: If you're looking for the best iPhone app, this one is it.
2. MLB World Series: WorldSeries.com promises to be a fine online resource for baseball fans.
3. World Series: If you're a Twitter user, you'll definitely want to check out the World Series Twitter profile.