Still Kramming—part 4 of 7:
a. I love the game notes, written by Matt Provence I believe, which are posted on the web site prior to each game. I think it says that the notes are available after 4PM for the normal 7:05 start. But, many times, I’m leaving for the park or to pick up the kids by 4:30 or 5PM and the notes aren’t up yet. I know they’re done, because I was able to get them emailed to me by mid-afternoon or so last year. And they are available in the suites, but I would suggest having copies of the game notes available for the asking, at Fan Services field level, or at the bar in the club level. Alternate plan: just get them up on the web sooner, please, or have a mobile link—or, a button on the technology package which would pull them up.
b. More radio coverage. If I’m in the parking lot or on the way in during the last 30 mins, I always have Matt and Jon on. I would suggest a further ‘Gameday’ broadcast (extended pregame) by the local ESPN 1320/1230 guys. Basically, for 90 (or 60, or 30) minutes before they turn it over to Matt and Jon, discuss the Pigs exclusively: the lineups, the opponent, the season, the impact on the Phillies, roster moves, take some calls…. I would listen every home game day, even if I wasn’t attending the game.
c. You know what else might be cool: a way to hear the home broadcast crew while attending an away game. Is this a button the iPhone app? It should be. Otherwise, some kind of third party radio app (like iheartradio) where the home call could be easily found on a smartphone. This should be easier than trying to navigate to the web site via browser and attempt it that way: too slow and difficult.
d. Better Morning Call coverage. With the inherent roster turn-over in MiLB, LHV fans need more coverage of the players on the field. I love the Morning Call feature stuff on Sundays, but would suggest a regular “game day” pre-game summary box. An alternative would be a full featured preview of the team and opponent prior to each home series. Most of this info could come from the game notes (with credit to Matt) so it wouldn’t be that hard. Baseball web sites have criticized the LHV fans for not being more knowledgeable about the game or more into the game on the field amid all the between-inning hoopla. Part of this is because there’s no easy source for this information for the casual IronPigs fan that comes to only a handful or less of games per year. This fan might casually follow along in the paper (or online mcall.com) and then know more when he/she gets to a game. Also, we’ll see if some of this changes this year amidst all of the winning that I’ve been predicting.
Kram’s Korner is a guest post to the Horn & Bell blog offering a perspective “From the Club Level.”