Yankees: Got Melk?

What a great game last night!

  • Jeter hits a nice homer
  • Gardner gets an in-the-park home run
  • Melky wins the game with a walk-off single

Nathan intentionally walked Cano to get to Melky for the last out, but Melky hit a nice outfield single to score two runs and win the game. Now, where’s all of the people who were crying “trade Melky” earlier in the season? He’s really turned it around so far and done well for the team — this is his second walk-off of the year (first was the walk-off homer on Apr 22).

On the bad side, Damon getting ejected was pathetic. The calls on both at-bats were definitely off; the first one was over the belt and crossed the batter’s box line — how was that a strike? To be fair, calls were bad for both teams. But why would you toss somebody for arguing calls? Damon never touched the ump and he was ejected very quickly — maybe he hurt the ump’s feelings or something…

Also, we really didn’t look that sharp at the plate, but we never gave up and won it in the ninth. A win is a win — take it anyway you can get it! 🙂

Sad day for Bandit…

Under GM’s new restructuring plan, they will be cutting 21,000 jobs and eliminating the Pontiac brand:

Article – WSJ.com

That bums me out; I hate it that so many people are losing their jobs, especially now. Also, I had hopes of buying a new Firebird or TransAm sometime in the future — looks like that’s out the window now…

This type of news makes me glad to be driving a Ford; to date, they have not gone the bailout route.

MLB.tv – the 2009 Season experience

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

I’ve been a customer of MLB.tv for three years now. And every single year, a new adventure is born.

  • The first year, they were using Windows Media streams. It worked pretty well, both in Windows and Linux. Unfortunately, I had a lot of issues losing the connection (especially near the end of the game) and often had trouble reconnecting. I know the problem was on their side; their servers were just getting hammered.
  • The second year, MLB moved to Silverlight (with the Windows Media streams as backup). This was actually much better (at least, after the initial issues were fixed). The video quality was better in Silverlight and I don’t think I lost the connection ever. And I could still use the WM streams in Linux. Unfortunately, they started showing really annoying commercials between innings — they were overly loud and repetitive (I often saw the same commercial multiple times during the same inning break).Another great new feature was introduced in September: MLB.tv offered both home and away feeds. So I could finally watch YES for away games. Woot!
  • This year, MLB switched to Flash. I was hopeful that this would be a good thing, as it would remove the OS dependency (flash works nearly everywhere). The NexDef client may not work in Linux but the game would still be viewable. The commercials during the inning breaks are the same ad for MLB.tv Premium (which I already have!) but at least they are silent! 🙂

Initially, I never got the high-def (NexDef) feeds to work; going to fullscreen meant choppy video and audio, regardless of the quality level that I chose. However, the non-NexDef feed worked quite well and didn’t look that bad on my 19″ widescreen television.

I recently built a new computer and (shock surprise!) NexDef works nearly-flawlessly on it, even in fullscreen. There have been exceptions: some nights MLB has problems across the board (all games have issues) and some nights there are problems with individual game feeds (like last night’s YES feed — I had to watch the game on NESN). But on the whole, it has worked pretty well for me on the new machine.

That leads me to believe that MLB’s suggested system requirements is not correct for NexDef fullscreen. I think you need a pretty beefy machine (with a decent video card) to get NexDef to work correctly.

I will say this: when NexDef works, the quality is amazing! It looks much better than SD programs from Comcast and rivals the HD cable signals.

Once major complaint, and this is about Flash and not MLB: if you watch a flash video fullscreen, clicking on the desktop (I have triple-monitors now) causes Flash to lose the fullscreen. There is a fix for it, though, so I’m quite happy now!

At least, I will be when they get the YES feed fixed! 🙂