We already knew that Google Glass was a lot of awesomeness put into one product. But these are the type of stories I like seeing. Two of the Oakland Athletics relief pitchers were added to the Google Glass Explorers Program. But they aren’t allowed on the field just yet. Although that would be amazing.
On Thursday, the A’s tweeted from their Twitter account, that relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Cook are the first to receive two pairs of Google Glass in the MLB. These two pitchers will be able to show us what it’s like to be an A’s pitcher. That includes the office, dugout and the bullpen.
The downside is that Glass won’t be feeding their baseball data or record the game. As it stands right now, that’s still a big no-no. A Spokesperson for the A’s, Adam Loberstein, spoke with the San Francisco Chronicle about the two pitchers, and the fact that they can’t wear them during the game, they were given permission by manager Bob Melvin to “wear them for pregame activities like team stretch, batting practice, etc.” Although pitchers in the AL don’t really bat unless they are facing a team from the National League.
Just because Oakland is near Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, doesn’t mean that’s the reason why these two were picked for Glass. We’ve seen other professional athletes get early access to Glass. That includes Tennis Player Bethanie Mattek-Sands who wore Glass during her Wimbledon match. The Oakland Raiders’ Chris Kluwe also put on Glass while at training camp this year in Napa. Now what was interesting about Bethanie’s Glass, was that she was able to share the video with her coaches as to what her strokes looked like from her point of view, and her coaches could review the video and give her ideas on how to get better. Sounds like Glass is a good thing for sports.
I’d love to see athletes wearing Glass during games. Talk about being right out on the field. Although it may never make it onto the field of the NFL or the NHL. I’m sure there’d be plenty of broke Glass units if they did make it into their games.