That's a thank you for making MLB.com At Bat 2010 the No. 1 Sports App in Apple's iTunes Store. This free weekend of live Major League Baseball lets you watch MLB.TV the same way many others do on a daily basis.
Some blackouts will apply. Here are more details on the free weekend:
How do you access the free games?
This will be identical to the familiar "AtBat.TV Free Game of the Day" branding that appears on the app's main Scoreboard page each day. In this case, that appears on every eligible game this weekend. Just touch the "Watch" or "Listen" buttons and enjoy live baseball.
You will need the At Bat app first, and if you don't already have that, it costs $14.99 at the App Store. There is a separate version for the iPad and one for the iPhone and iPad Touch devices.
What are some of the best games to watch this weekend?
The way this season has gone so far, the best answer is that anything can happen, and being able to flip around with MLB.TV on your At Bat app lets you be a part of the excitement.
Top prospect Justin Smoak was just called up by the Rangers. See him in action both days at his new home ballpark against Detroit. He is due to face Dontrelle Willis in the 8:05 p.m. ET Saturday game, and then Rick Porcello in the 3:05 p.m. game on Sunday.
The Cardinals' Adam Wainwright will go for 4-0 at 9:05 p.m. ET in San Francisco, and it's a night after Tim Lincecum tries to do the same. Wainwright was denied a National League Cy Young Award last year because of the Giants ace, who won the award for the second time in two years. Throw in Roy Halladay, who is an untouchable 4-0 so far in the NL with Philadelphia, and you can see the formation of a real competition for the award in 2010.
Matt Kemp is on top of the Majors' home run and RBI leaderboards entering Friday's games. In case you need to do a little scouting for your own All-Star balloting knowledge, check him out as the Dodgers are in Washington to the face the Nationals at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday and 1:35 on Sunday.
Brian Matusz (2-0) has been the pitcher of decision in both of Baltimore's victories so far this season. That qualifies him as one of the Orioles' bright spots. He is starting against John Lackey and the Red Sox at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday at Fenway Park.
At the same time in Milwaukee, Ted Lilly is expected to make his first 2010 start for the Cubs.
The Marlins are at Colorado at 8:10 ET Saturday night. If Jorge Cantu gets a hit on Friday to make it 21 straight games, then you'll want to keep an eye on an interesting streak in progress.
How do blackout restrictions apply to this free weekend?
Blackout restrictions apply due to TV rights-holder guidelines. Games that are nationally blacked out on Saturday due to the national FOX broadcast are: Indians-A's, Yankees-Angels and Mariners-White Sox. The Braves-Mets game on ESPN Sunday night also is blacked out due to the national broadcast. These games are available to international MLB.TV subscribers, but are not part of the free weekend offer.
What about Monday?
After enjoying the free weekend, consider a subscription to MLB.TV. You can get MLB.TV Premium for $119.95 per year or $24.95 per month, or basic MLB.TV for $99.95 per year or $14.95 per month. With a subscription, you are able to watch baseball nearly everywhere -- now even on the Sony PlayStation3. That was just announced by Sony on Thursday.
What are some of the best features of MLB.com At Bat?
Start with the players. You are watching the best in the world, right in your hands. Then consider the picture on your hopefully unsmudged screen: Almost always HD, utilizing MLB Advanced Media technology to stream that clarity to your device.
At Bat 2010 provides easy, exclusive and reliable access to live MLB games for listeners and viewers wherever they are with their iPhone or iPad. Every radio feed, including home- and visiting-team broadcasters, is at fans' fingertips, as is the real-time presentation of official pitch-by-pitch data.
On both the iPhone and iPad, MLB.TV subscribers can watch the live home and away broadcast feeds for every regular season game, subject to blackout restrictions, and get access to an array of enhanced features such as statistical overlays and controls to pause or rewind live game action. You can click on any previous day's schedule as well and watch all the highlights, and have immediate reference to answer any barroom debate or check on your fantasy roster.