Darrell Porter didn’t catch again Saturday for the Cardinals, a day after he got a cortisone shot for an ailing shoulder. But he did emerge to deliver a pinch-hit single with two out in the ninth inning to cap a three-run rally that gave the Cardinals a 4-3 exhibition victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Afterward, Porter sought to reassure those who wondered why he wasn’t doing more here. He has batted just nine times and caught no more than five innings in any game.
”I know a lot of people are real concerned , he said, ”but I can’t be. It (sore arm, shot) has happened so many years in a row. This is the fourth time in four years.
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Porter, though, is mystified as to why the muscles tighten behind his shoulder every spring. The adhesions won’t tear loose without the shot, he said.
”I’ve been lifting weights, he said. ”That didn’t do any good. Maybe I’ll hang from the bars like a monkey for 30 minutes a day.
The concern for Porter is not that he won’t be physically ready to play but that he must learn an almost entirely foreign pitching staff after his years in the American League. ”I really need to play, he said.
Starter Bob Forsch looked ready enough. Even though he pronounced himself far from opening-day form Forsch undoubtedly will open April 11 in St. Louis against the world champion Philadelphia Phillies he shut down the Pirates on just two hits while throwing only 44 pitches in five innings Saturday.
The Sky service would involve extra information – video, graphics or text -
being made available in a parallel stream alongside the conventional
broadcast signal, which would have the look-and-feel of the TV
experience. Describing it as “push technology in its purest form”, he
gave the example of someone watching a Premier League match: OYou would
have access to the complete broadcast graphics stream through the
remote control so you can see all the player line-ups, you can see
great goals they’ve scored, every game that that team has played that
year, what the score was, the line formation, and so on. But then we
also have the ability to have interactive broadband streams. We can
give you things like [...] instant replay. You take a delay of the main
channel output and effectively by going to it you see an instant
replay. Or we can give you alternative camera angles, or we can give
you a little mini-feature – so, for example, if you joined the game
late we could show you every highlight up until you joined the game.”
Billinger – although he will also be in charge of Sky Online, BSkyB’s
Internet division – also emphasised the fact that offering Internet
access via the set-top box was not on the agenda. Indeed, none of the
extra information, which will form part of the enhanced TV experience,
he plans to offer will derive directly from the Web…in contrast to
the WebTV model.
Billinger suggested that Sky Online, and BSkyB’s digital teletext
services, might well provide subscribers with customised versions of
what was available in ‘enhanced programming’ mode, but they would not
be cross-linked as such. “I’m absolutely suggesting that if we develop,
for example, an enhanced TV application in news, we will look very
carefully at how we could deliver the same experience to online and
perhaps to digital text at the same time.”
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BIB will not
be the only retail channel available to BSkyB digital subscribers
wishing to purchase products from their TV set, it emerged this week.
In one of his first interviews since taking up the reins at Sky
Interactive Programming, Steve Billinger told Inside Digital that his
division was likely to offer some homeshopping facilities itself.
Billinger also made it clear that – as far as he is concerned – the
provision of interactive TV to BSkyB subscribers has (and will have)
nothing to do with the Web, and claimed that BSkyB was unable to use
the modem in its set-top box without BIB’s permission, since BIB
effectively ‘owns’ it.
“We will still be able to – and we will – provide things like, voting
for man of the match, voting on news programmes and database management
stuff through the modem,” he said, adding “We will also have the
ability to offer e-commerce and so forth. So if you’re watching a
football match you could buy the jersey of the two teams that are
playing. It’s just that we would have to come to a commercial
arrangement with BIB to use their infrastructure to do that. What we
think you’ll see there is a kid of ‘powered by BIB’ model.”
Billinger underlined the fact that viewers would not have to leave’
the current TV environment to make such a purchase: “You can probably
do it right there within the game,” he said. “The box would simply dial
up BIB and its normal fulfillment process would kick in. [...] You
wouldn’t have to leave the game environment to go into a BIB shop.”
In wide-ranging comments, Billinger also clarified the TV- centric
‘push’ model to be used by Sky’s Enhanced Program-ming Service, which
would be centred on extending the experience available for sports,
movies and news programming. The OpenTV system already allows for such
an environment. Similar, though considerably less advanced services,
have already been implemented by the French pay-TV operator TPS.