iPads have replaced cards as the pregame ritual, and the Chicago Tribune‘s Fred Mitchell has picked up on this trend in a recent column.
As a freelance sports reporter, I’ve covered a few Chicago White Sox games this season, and I can attest to the pervasiveness of Words With Friends in the clubhouse. Rather than break out a cumbersome Scrabble board, the players face off virtually as some guys stream movies and others check email.
Omar Vizquel, the 44-year-old White Sox shortstop, has seen the way technology has worked its way into the game. He told the Tribune:
“In a way, it’s good because of the knowledge … you start picking it up more. You get a lot of useful information sometimes that can help you when you take the field. Like if you want to find out about a player on another team. … How is his condition? How is his leg or his arm? You are aware of what is going on. Before, we didn’t have that information.