This has the potential to be the best Christmas gift I've ever received. Problem is, I haven't had the opportunity to use it yet. And you know how it goes with potential....sometimes the prospect is hit, and sometimes it's miss.
I strongly suspect this one is a star - it's like a 5-tool player. It's called the "SportsCast Wireless Baseball Scoreboard", and it was given to me by my brother and his girlfriend. They got it at Brookstone (so there's the mandatory product placement information).
By picking up satellite feeds, the "SportsCast Wireless Baseball Scoreboard" gives me the current scores, standings, and schedules for every Major League Baseball team. At least according to the book in the box it does.
I haven't tried out the "SportsCast Wireless Baseball Scoreboard" yet - I'm nervous. This has the potential to be awesome. You might be wondering, how can it be awesome for someone who has the baseball television package, and watches roughly 4,000 of the 4, 860 baseball games in a given season anyway? Here's why:
1) The first and foremost reason is those Mets games that aren't on SNY. There's a few every year - in the past it has been weekends, where the games are on the CW11 in New York. I don't get those games on TV, and I've tried, fruitlessly, to tune into WFAN (it doesn't carry to my portable radio in Framingham, Massachusetts) to listen in. Staying at the computer is an option, but it's summer, and I have a one-and-a-half-year-old child now....I can keep her locked up in one tiny room only so much longer. Now I don't have to worry about that. With my "SportsCast Wireless Baseball Scoreboard" I can theoretically take The Baby for a walk - a three-hour walk - where I have the "SportsCast Wireless Baseball Scoreboard" in hand the entire time. I can even claim exercise and take the thing on jogs!
2) Long car rides to New York on summer weekends. Sure, I could always listen to the Mets games - that was never a problem. What I would also have to do would be wait for Howie Rose to update the out-of-town scores. Not with my "SportsCast Wireless Baseball Scoreboard" - now, theoretically, I can get instant updates while still in the car!!!!
3) When I reach my destination on those rides (usually my parents' house), I don't have the baseball package for an entire weekend. I'm relegated to watching only the Mets and Yankees (though it does solve the CW11 problem). Now, theoretically, with the "SportsCast Wireless Baseball Scoreboard", I'll get instant updates of the rest of Major League Baseball from my parents' house. I'll never have to depend on the crawl on ESPNEWS again.
4) I could keep the "SportsCast Wireless Baseball Scoreboard" in my desk at work and theoretically sneak glances during the day when there are day games.
5) I won't even get into how easy the "SportsCast Wireless Baseball Scoreboard" could theoretically make my running of the New Baseball Pool.
So, back to my point. I'm scared to turn the "SportsCast Wireless Baseball Scoreboard" on. You see how much I've built it up. If it doesn't live up to the expectations I've piled onto it, I'll be immensely disappointed. It's like Paul Wilson, Jason Isringhausen, and Bill Pulsipher all rolled into one. It could go from being the best Christmas gift I've ever received to the time when I got a comforter right before I went away to college.
I've taken all the precautions. The "SportsCast Wireless Baseball Scoreboard" book says it works best when it's near a window. All of the places I've mentioned are either outside or have windows. They give you a website to check to see if your area is covered by their service. My area is covered. It takes 4 "AA" batteries. I have 4 "AA" batteries. All I need to do is put in the batteries and turn it on. But I'm afraid when I do, it won't work as well as I want it to.
The "SportsCast Wireless Baseball Scoreboard" claims to even update spring training scores. You see how long I've gone with it having the potential to work (since spring training started) without having used it yet. I'll get there. I still have a few more weeks. I just want it to live on in my imagination for a little while longer.