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FAQ: Following Mariner Games

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VISUAL OPTIONS

If you live inside the Seattle Market:

Buying local cable or satellite packages is the most obvious answer. Beyond that, it is difficult to watch Mariner games. That's tough news for those of us, author included, who have no desire to pay full costs for cable because Mariner games are all they watch on that spectrum. In that case, you are pretty much down to watching at a bar or friend's place.

If that doesn't work for you, there are slightly more illicit options that I will acknowledge the existence of, but not go into detail about and ask that people here refrain as well. That information is readily available with a bit of internet sleuthing and while none of us like the local blackout rules, we less like poking the hornet's nest over the matter.

If you live outside the Seattle Market:

MLB.tv is a great option. It's pretty wonderful and not that costly when you consider all the benefits it comes with. It's certainly a lot cheaper than cable packages. If you already have cable/satellite, you might also consider MLB Extra Innings which is baseball's equivalent to the NFL's Sunday Ticket. When it is more affordable and more attractive to follow baseball from outside the market you live in than within in, the system has some messed up priorities.

AUDIO OPTIONS

If you live inside the Seattle Market: 710am. Get a radio; it costs like $5.

If you live anywhere: MLB Gameday Audio costs $20 for the entire season and comes with no blackouts. There's also the MLB At Bat mobile application which comes with access to MLB Gameday Audio and some other features for $15 which you might notice is less than Gameday Audio.

INTERNET OPTIONS

There's MLB.com where you can load up Gameday for each game. Each of the major players in the internet sports world (e.g. ESPN, Yahoo Sports, Sportsline) will have their own version of a gameday as well. I highly suggest that if you are participating in a Lookout Landing game thread that you have at least one of these open in another tab/window. A great option is MLB.com's mini Gameday. There are usually links to it on the normal Gameday page, but if not you can hack the URL easily. If this is the normal Gameday URL, then this is the mini version.

That way, you can avoid having to ask questions like how many pitches so-or-so has thrown. That information is just a mouse click away! If you have further questions or want more detail on something (e.g. "how far was Montero's HR in the third?", "How did Felix's command look?"), feel free to ask, but please don't enter the game thread in the 7th and want to be filled in on how the runs scored. Seriously, it's annoying.