MLB.com/Downloads has just launched here, making it possible for fans to download any remaining League Championship Series or World Series game right to their hard drives after the game has been played. Then it's yours for keeps.
That will be the case with Game 1 of the American League Championship Series between the Indians and Red Sox, which starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday. C.C. Sabathia vs. Josh Beckett is a dream matchup, Trot Nixon is back at Fenway Park, and you have two division champions that each finished with a 96-66 record. You might even just want to be able to study Manny Ramirez's amazing swing, over and over.
That and each forthcoming game will be available for download up to 24 hours after the final out. You can order it at any time, and you will be e-mailed a link to download your game. Then it's a clickable keepsake, allowing you to relive any part of the action over and over, forever, on a variety of devices.
All items are Windows Media file-formatted, and you must have Windows Media Player 10.0 (or higher) installed on your PC to play any of these purchases. Video playback of MLB.com/Downloads purchases is not fully supported on Mac computers.
The great thing about MLB.com/Downloads is the empowerment, knowing that you can build your own library of games and moments that are important to you as a baseball fan. And what's more, you don't have to wait. You can start right now by ordering Game 1 of the National League Championship Series between the Rockies and Game 1 of the National League Championship Series between the Rockies and D-backs, a 5-1 Colorado win on Thursday night in Arizona.
If you're a Colorado fan, you might want to jump on this immediately. After all, it was the first NLCS victory in club history. The Rockies just tied the 1970 Baltimore Orioles for the hottest finish in Major League Baseball history by winning 18 of their last 19 games (and Colorado has some baseball left). Should this turn into a championship kind of year in Denver, what Rockies fan wouldn't want to own every inning?
The Rockies' NLDS Game 3 clincher over the Phillies and the D-backs' Game 3 clincher over the Cubs are both available for purchase. So are select games from this past Magical Milestone Mystery Tour, a season that brought us Craig Biggio's 3,000th hit; Tom Glavine's 300th win; Barry Bonds' record 756th homer; those 500th homers by Frank Thomas, Alex Rodriguez and Jim Thome; and those no-hitters by Mark Buehrle, Justin Verlander and Clay Buchholz. The menu is gradually building, so start reliving a regular season that will never be forgotten.
Want to go back even farther? That's the great thing about MLB.com/Downloads. It is all about the future, the present and the past. It is your ticket to a treasure trove of classics that you can appreciate in a new way. Want to watch that Game 6 classic from the 1975 World Series all over again? Carlton Fisk is waiting for you to download him. The choices include Cal Ripken's 2,131st consecutive game played, which fans not long ago chose as the Most Memorable Moment in MLB history. There's Sandy Koufax's 1965 Game 7 masterpiece for the Dodgers to beat the Twins, Roger Clemens' first 20-strikeout game in 1986 for the Red Sox and Derek Jeter's Game 4 game-winner for the Yankees in that emotional 2001 World Series against Arizona.
There's yet another new way for you to take over the controls around here. Look around and download, and plan accordingly for each upcoming game in this postseason. Just click one of those bright green "Add" links, or click a bunch of them and take a whole collection of them to Checkout. MLB.com will give you the games. You will dominate this postseason like never before.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.