Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, it's all but impossible for baseball fans to enjoy a game in person this year. However, in addition to adding cardboard cutouts of fans in the stands, Major League Baseball will give you the chance to cheer for your favorite team and boo bad calls during the shortened 2020 season.
Fans who download the Major League Baseball app can log in and choose which team they are rooting for and use the app to cheer or boo accordingly. The app will combine the percentage of fans who are cheering or booing, and then relay that to the staff inside the stadiums who are creating the fake crowd noise.
This means, all you Dodger fans will have the chance to boo the Astros after all - In fact, you could conceivably sign up on the app as an Astros fan and follow the team through all 60-games, booing them the entire time. But, of course, you'd have to label yourself an Astros fan and who wants that on their resume?
"Ballpark staff uses the 'real-time' fan sentiment to control/vary noise variation/levels at the ballpark," is how the league described how teams will use the feature.
It's still no substitute to drunkenly yelling at players in person, but, it's a good way to get your frustrations out while you're watching at home.
Opening Day for the Dodgers is scheduled for Thursday evening, with the first pitch at 7:08 p.m.
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