Boonsri DickinsonAssociate Editor of BYTE
SF Giants Matt Cain Threw A Perfect Game And We Were There To See It
It was the ultimate bring your own device moment. Last night at AT&T Park, Matt Cain threw a perfect game. It has only happened 22 times ever in Major League history. And it happened last night!
A perfect game is a much rarer event than winning the World Series. The energy in the stadium after Cain threw his last pitch, brought back the energy from the World Series championship. People kissing, screaming 'Go Giants' and 'Wooohooo', and jumping uncontrollably.
I knew there were lots of zeros in the game, but I was there at the stadium to interview people about bringing their devices to the game. In the ninth inning, I was with my film crew, away from the field getting ready to interview Bill Schlough, the SF Giants chief information officer. However, Schlough changed his mind about the interview. He knew we couldn't miss this moment, and led us over to home plate.
Here's footage of the last pitch:
If you check back in a few weeks, we will have a feature length video showing just how connected AT&T Park really is.
In 2004, AT&T Park was the first stadium to have Wi-Fi. Since then, a proliferation of smartphones and iPads have created more of a demand. Many fans bring their tablets and smartphones to stay engaged in the game and look up stats.
That is why this perfect game is a story even rarer in IT terms. It is not easy connecting the masses with reliable internet. Imagine tens of thousands of fans wanting to share photos and videos of this historic moment. After the elephant in the room had been lifted and it was clear that Cain threw a perfect game, everyone was eager to share photos on Twitter and Facebook.
For me, being there made me feel more connected and turned me into an unexpected Giants fan.
Boonsri Dickinson is the Associate Editor of BYTE