How to watch October like a true fan

How to watch October like a true fan

The World Series field is set after two unique League Championship Series. It's just another season of October baseball, which always manages to deliver tense action and unlikely heroes.

The surging Rockies will face the Red Sox and now is the time to ask whether you've taken advantage of all the ways to follow this thrilling postseason. After all, it's no longer 1992, when the only way to catch Sid Bream sliding under Mike LaValliere's tag to win the pennant for Atlanta was to be glued to the tube. Television, the Internet, radio and mobile all complement one another in today's postseason, and the joint coverage provided by MLB.com and FOX has driven home that point.

Here's a reminder of how you can get the most out of the resources available to the baseball fan this postseason:

1. Watch live on FOX: For the 12th consecutive season, FOX is broadcasting the playoffs. That means you can sit back and relax as the play-by-play team of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver guides you through the action on the field, with help from in-game reporter Ken Rosenthal. Jeanne Zelasko and Kevin Kennedy anchor the pre- and postgame coverage on FOX, where they're joined in the studio by analysts Joe Girardi, Mark Grace and Eric Karros. FOX is the place to go to watch the 103rd World Series beginning Oct. 24.

2. FOX and MLB.com pre- and postgame shows: FOX has stepped up its multiplatform game in 2007, for the first time co-producing live pre- and postgame shows on MLB.com. The one-hour pregame show features MLB.com personalities Jim Leyritz and Harold Reynolds along with FOX Sports' Chris Myers and Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. These Webcasts, which are shot from inside each stadium before and after FOX Sports' televised pre- and postgame shows, feature game highlights, player interviews and analysis. The online shows are being produced for every World Series broadcast on FOX, and will be archived for on-demand viewing.

3. MLB.com Gameday: This is now the time-honored companion no matter how you watch or listen to the actual live footage. You're just used to it, and it keeps getting more robust. Maybe you're watching Jonathan Papelbon bring the gas in a save situation, or you couldn't believe the break on one of Fausto Carmona's power sinkerballs. You want even more than what you'll see on TV. Go to Gameday and track the Pitch-fx as well as speed and break to get a true sense of the pitch sequence. This technology requires a lot more explaining than there is space for here, but it's the result of triangulation with cameras set up by MLB.com at each ballpark; radar guns are out, and this is the way in. See the live box score and keep track of all the play-by-play by clicking on previous innings. Simply a must.

4. MLB.com Postseason Package: For only $9.95 -- about the price of a movie -- you will be able to use this through the World Series. It means on-demand access to every game, which is huge, because the next day you'll be able to just click a half-inning in the linescore and watch that part of the action if you'd like. It means being able to listen to MLB.com Gameday Audio for every game, choosing the home or away (and, in some cases, Spanish) radio broadcasts. It means being able to watch the games live on MLB.TV if you're an international fan, just like in the regular season. It means getting a 15 percent discount off your checkout at the MLB.com Shop, and it also comes with Mobile Playoff Alerts for lead changes, homers, breaking news and more.

5. MLB.com Chat: It's a peer-to-peer postseason. Rockies fans are going to be talking smack following their sweep of the Diamondbacks, while Indians and Red Sox fans (no doubt with the occasional Yankees fan chiming in) are going to bring their own instant analysis. See why this was the hot place to be during the Division Series; it's not your old-school chat room.

6. MLB.com Gameday Audio on your phone: Let's say you have to make a run to the convenience store in the fifth inning. You can just take the game with you. Or listen while you work, as many other MLB.com users do.

This October has already felt different. With the resources brought to you by MLB.com and FOX, there's no reason to miss any home run, diving catch or late-game comeback. Make sure you're tuned in to all the exciting action.

Mark Newman is enterprise editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.