This is an interesting question. I’m not sure if you’re wanting to know how you watch baseball broadcasts under certain challenging scenarios, or what the essential food, drink and other baseball-watching equipment you need when plopping in front of a television.
Let’s start with the essential baseball items you need: good snacks, cold drinks, comfortable chair (preferably a recliner) and good batteries in the remote. In other words, you need maximum comfort with minimum movement during the ball game. Light snacks are important, though they need to be tasty snacks. Cold beer is important, unless you don’t partake. If so, I would suggest a sugar free soft drink or a lemonade.
You might also consider arming yourself with a good radio nearby. A lot of times, your local radio broadcasters are better than the television announcing crew, and listening to a baseball radio broadcast is not only the traditional thing to do, but baseball radio listening enhances baseball tv watching.
If you’re still trying to get into your local baseball team, keep a team roster nearby complete with stats and background information. It would help doing the same with the other team, so you might keep your local sports page from the last day or two within arm’s reach. You don’t want to be clueless when it comes to watching your hometown baseball team.
I’m assuming most people wanting to watch baseball on tv are fanatics, though, so let’s get to the best ways to watch tv baseball in several difficult scenarios.
MLB Extra Innings
Watching Baseball on Your DVR or TIVO
Watching baseball on your DVR or TIVO is quite simple. Set your TIVO or DVR to record the game while you’re away from your house. DVR recording and TIVO recording is intuitive and simple these days, and all you have to do is look ahead on the guide for the station with your team’s broadcasts. Then click “record” on your DVR remote or TIVO remote. If you don’t want to search through the tv schedule, simply place the name of your favorite baseball team and the DVR system will automatically find and record all programs with your team’s name in it.
Baseball fans who are married need to know that “digital video recording” systems will save their marriages. When you think there are 162 games and each game is at least 3 hours of tv watching per night, we’re talking about a potential television commitment of nearly 500 hours of television watching over a half-year period. Few wives are going to put up with that, especially when the game happens to be at the same time as cookouts, pool parties and kids events. The DVR recorder not only allows you to watch the game when the family is in bed for the night, but you’ll be able to speed through the commercials and watch the game in around 2/3rds of the time.
Out Of Town Baseball
If you’re out of town and you want to watch your favorite baseball team, you’re going to have to find a place which accommodates your watching needs. Most major metropolitan areas have a few places which offer MLB Extra Innings in their establishment. Google “mlb extra innings local bars” and the name of the city you are staying. This should bring up options where you can watch Major League Baseball in your area.
Remember, watching baseball on tv is escapist fun, your release from cares and concerns of the everyday. So when you watch baseball broadcasts, you want as few distractions as possible. Baseball is like a good meal: it’s meant to be savored, slowly and in utter relaxation.