Despite the fact that the technology in your smartphone isn’t a whole lot different than what’s in your laptop (processor, drive space, computer screen, input mechanisms), it is nevertheless not a “personal computer” in Major League Baseball speak. This means that you cannot use your paid subscription to MLB Radio to listen to games on your smartphone. This irks me only slightly less than the fact that MLB would not allow my son to vote online for players for the All-Star game because the ballot and sweepstakes (the latter of which he didn’t care a whit about) were sponsored by But, as I noted above, I find it only slightly less irksome. MLB tells me, “If you would like to listen to live Gameday audio on your supported iOS and Android mobile devices as well as on a computer, you will need to purchase a subscription to At Bat 13.” This seemed unbelievable to me when we forked over $20 so we could catch Red Sox games while on vacation in the relative radio wasteland of mid-coast Connecticut, and I tried (and failed) to listen to a game while on a bike ride. Everything else that I have an online subscription to allows me to access my subscription via my phone.  Can you imagine the New York Times saying, "You have paid for a subscription to our newspaper, but, sorry, you'll need to pay more to read articles on your phone."  Major League Baseball seems determined to nickle and dime me into apathy for their product.

Of course, 99% of my life is spent within a 15 mile radius of my home in Boston, which means I can listen to a game by turning on a radio (though not one embedded in my smartphone, since US carriers decided years ago to do away with radio tuners in smartphones).

At least I hadn’t paid for MLB TV, as I had done some years ago, only to learn that I couldn’t actually watch Red Sox games because they were “in-market.” (Of course they are; that’s why I want to watch them).