After far too many baseball seasons to count, this will be the first one possible for me to follow through the wonders of high-def TV. A big deal? Not really.
For years, TV has been a supplement to the baseball season, a sort of CliffsNotes to the textbook that takes 162 games to finish.
The primary means to following the season -- besides the daily helping of box scores and standings, of course -- has been and will continue to be the radio.
Whether it's the scratchy little throwback portable radio (yes, they still exist) or the one in my car with the predictable preset stations, the game is at its best for me when it's a welcome exercise in imagination.
A home-run call on the radio, whether from the Giants' Jon Miller or the A's Ken Korach, beats the "back-back-back" redundancy of ESPN's nightly all-you-can-eat helpings. What does the listener miss that the viewer sees? Certainly not enough to ditch the radio in favor of that widescreen marvel.
Not saying there won't be occasions to sprawl in front of the TV and see how baseball looks in high definition.
But baseball on the radio still has the feel of an old friend moving back into the neighborhood. It's there nearly every night, and is there a better guilty pleasure?
There are fresh batteries in the radio. Now it's spring.