Welcome to the Fall Classic, MLB.com style. It's that World Series sweatshirt in the MLB.com Shop, that Playoff Alert on your mobile phone, that live game on your computer, that pregame show with personalities at the ballpark, that piece of Al Kaline or Lou Brock memorabilia, that Enhanced Gameday for every live pitch, that Game 1 download to your hard drive, those behind-the-scenes reports and multimedia, and much more to let you experience something new in a way you can't imagine.
Here are some of the ways you can maximize a World Series with MLB.com:
World Series shopping
The 2006 World Series DVD is available at the MLB.com Shop, and as usual at this time of year, many fans are already putting in their orders and then just waiting for the players to provide the footage that is quickly and beautifully produced for fast shipping. After all, if you're a Cards or Tigers fan, you don't want to wait long for this one.
The World Series specialty shop has the same merchandise that fans will be standing in lines to buy at the participating ballparks. One of the highlights is the Therma Base Fleece from Majestic Athletic bearing the 2006 World Series logo -- the same type of garment that the players wear at the ballpark. The Authentic Collection Premier Jacket is great for a cool Fall Classic night, and it leaves the warehouse in only three to four days.
The MLB.com Shop is loaded with countless World Series-related items from today's fare to historical DVDs and memorabilia, and it will be the place to turn to for immediate purchase power once someone clinches a world championship. And don't forget the MLB.com Auction, where bidding is under way on such World Series-related items as a ball used during Game 4 of the last Fall Classic.
Full coverage in Detroit and St. Louis
MLB.com's journalists on the scene will bring you a steady stream of 24/7 breaking news, features, analysis, photos and blogs from Comerica Park and Busch Stadium. We talk to players, managers, execs, fans, groundskeepers ... pretty much anyone involved with the World Series. No other place has more immediate, comprehensive and interactive coverage of the World Series. Look for our continued mailbag so your questions are answered by an MLB.com expert on the scene, and interact with MLBlogs from participating players and MLB.com personnel.
The MLB.com Postseason Package is just $9.95 and allows you to listen to every World Series game live with Gameday Audio. Fans who have that package also can watch every game archived after it has been played, and it also includes a 15-percent discount at the Shop for those items listed above or anything else you want to order.
Because of MLB national exclusivities, the live MLB.TV games to which many fans here are accustomed are blacked out in United States, Canada, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, South Korea and Japan. But for anyone else, the MLB.com International Postseason Package lets you see each World Series game live on your computer, for just $14.95.
Enhanced Gameday is a popular addition to the "classic" Gameday mode in this postseason, offering richer detail of every pitch and utilizing latest technologies from MLB Advanced Media. No matter how you are watching or listening to the game, this is the perfect accoutrement to be totally immersed.
BaseballChannel.TV (*TM) will feature live programming every day throughout the Fall Classic. The "Stayin' Hot Pregame Show" with Seth & Bone (Darryl Hamilton) will go live on location from the ballparks two hours before first pitch every day. They look at the topics of the day, taking you out live to any press conferences, with special guests and unique perspectives. Get reports from former Mets closer John Franco (in-studio for the World Series), Brian McRae, Casey Stern and Ed Randall.
It was 10 years ago that Jim Leyritz hit the home run at old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium that proved pivotal in the World Series and catapulted the Yankees toward a dynasty. He's here as usual with Vinny Micucci as the talent for "Baseball Today" -- wrapping it all up at the end of the night, going live after the last game of the day is over. Again, look for exclusive reports from the scene from MLB.com talent.
The "Baseball Brunch" starts its live broadcast two hours before "Stayin' Hot," live from the MLB Radio studio with Billy Sample and Peter McCarthy.
Other programming on BaseballChannel.TV includes exclusive features on every playoff team ("How They Got Here"), webisodes of the Emmy-nominated "Baseball's Best Moments, Playoff Edition" (completely original and exclusive in-depth looks at Baseball's Best Moments), classic postseason games and World Series Films. There is always something more each time you look.
During the World Series, MLB Radio is simulcast audio of the programming mentioned above, in case you actually have to focus on work during the day and just want the sound.
On-demand on MLB.com
The Daily Rewind brings you all the highlights on-demand in one neat package, hosted by Kent Malmros, McCarthy and Jennifer Clark. Short on time? Catch the Fastcast, a rapid-fire recap of the main events in under three minutes.
The exclusive MLB.com Digital Download Service lets you own every World Series game after it has been played. Just place your order for $3.95 per game, and then you will be given the link to download the full-broadcast file to your hard drive. It's a clickable keepsake, and you never know when you will be owning the next Kirk Gibson "Miracle Homer" or White Sox clincher like last year.
Sign up for $3.95 at MLB.com Mobile to get Playoff Alerts throughout the World Series, including home runs, lead changes (seventh inning and after) and Postgame Alerts. Listen to the World Series live on your mobile phone with Gameday Audio if you have the Sprint capability; personalize your own Mobile Dashboard; get World Series pictures, stats and more with the Mobile Web; and answer World Series questions with the MLB.com Trivia Challenge.
There have been unforgettable moments at the plate, like Reggie Jackson's three homers that night in 1977, Bill Mazeroski and Joe Carter ending Fall Classics with walk-off homers, Babe Ruth's 1932 "called shot" at Wrigley, Enos Slaughter's "mad dash" around the bases for St. Louis, and Luis Gonzalez's clinching hit off Mariano Rivera five years ago.
There have been unforgettable moments on the mound, like Don Larsen's unprecedented perfect game for the Yankees in 1956, Bob Gibson's 17-strikeout opener for St. Louis in 1968, Sandy Koufax outdueling Whitey Ford in the 1963 finale, and Tug McGraw closing out the Phillies' last world championship in 1980.
There have been unforgettable moments in the field, like "The Catch" by Willie Mays in the 1954 World Series, Kirby Puckett going high on the center-field glass to rob the Braves in 1991, and Brooks Robinson diving for grounders in 1970.
Now is the time to relive the moments, blending the past with the present. The best place to do it is at Baseball's Best, where you can watch or listen to classic broadcasts. MLB.com's History area offers all the past results and recaps, and a timeline is a nice starting point for students of the game.
Have some fun
The popular summertime game over at the MLB.com Arcade has been updated for this month, so try out MLB.com Shuffle Octoberquest Edition and see if you can beat the high score. The World Series is what everyone in baseball waits for and works toward all summer. Enjoy it to the max while it's here, because it will be over before you know it and then it will be time to start the countdown to Spring Training.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.