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Today's Arizona Diamondbacks game to be streamed through Facebook

The ways in which you can watch baseball continue to expand.

Remember the days when the only way you could watch a baseball game was by actually going to the park? Well, okay - I'm not quite that old. But when I started following the Diamondbacks, back when I was living in London, the only time I got to watch them "live" was their infrequent appearances on ESPN's two televised games of the week. But the ways in which you can watch the game have been perpetually expanding. Well, almost perpetually: I still think the departure of the Diamondbacks entirely from over-the-air TV was a step back, and hampered fan growth.

But otherwise? Games are streamed online through, making it a great deal more possible to follow the Diamondbacks from outside of Arizona. The arrival of Fox Sports Go has also made it much easier for cable subscribers to keep up with the team on the go (providing they have a decent wi-fi connection, at least. Trying to use a 4G network results in something looking, at best, like an 8-bit baseball game from the early nineties). This season has even seen MLB start streaming video games on social media, through both Facebook and Twitter, and the D-backs are featured, certainly for the first time on Facebook.

The game will be streamed through the MLB Facebook page, and there will apparently be no blackout restrictions, so you should be able to get to it, regardless of your location or cable status. Dan Reed, Facebook’s Head of Global Sports Partnerships, says: "Baseball games are uniquely engaging community experiences, as the chatter and rituals in the stands are often as meaningful to fans as the action on the diamond. By distributing a live game per week on Facebook, Major League Baseball can re-imagine this social experience on a national scale."

Though going by my experience of Facebook comment threads, this might not be a universally good thing... Not least because you're going to have D-backs and Phillies fans mixing in the same thread. And with the way the home team have been playing this season, you'd probably be wise to watch out for flying batteries! Yeah, I'd probably recommend watching the game on Facebook - and, if you want chatter and rituals, our Gameday Thread will be open as usual. :)