So earlier today I pondered out loud on twitter whether I should or not (yes, I used it as a verb). My UmpBump colleague Zvee prodded me to pull the trigger, and I actually ventured into the dark pits of’s profile settings pages to update my credit card info when, on a whim, I decided to check the customer reviews.

In year’s past, and its mobile offspring had been plagued by opening day problems and this year is no exception. The MLB’s At Bat 2011 iPhone app’s rating has plummeted thanks to a slew of one-star reviews.

After reading through a dozen or so similar reviews, I decided not to buy the app, nor the service. I mean, a pop-up ad on a $15 app, that requires a (at-minimum) $99 subscription (not to mention there are other paid versions of the app for other mobile devices)?? ┬áIt’s not like this is freakin’ Words with Friends Free or anything… (I frankly don’t recall seeing them, but the pop-up ads) were apparently added last year).

It’s no secret these New Media Goons have been enticed us fans with fancy looking apps and gadgets only to squeeze every last dollar possible out of our wallets. But this year, I’m taking a stand damn it. No for me.

(About those Hot Offseason Actions… we’ve been, uhm, busy… we hope to get them done soon! I think…)

2 Responses to “Opening Day and MLB’s new media goons are at it again”

  1. Brilliant, anon wins the day.

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