The best way to follow Zito and Panda without a ticket?
Try stats and chats.
That's what a San Francisco company called SportStream gives you. Jumping on the "second screen" craze, where - according to Forrester Research - 80 percent of us watch games with a laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. SportStream givies baseball fans a cool way to stay with the action, both on the field, and on their social networks.
By integrating the best of, say, ESPN.com, along with Twitter and Facebook, SportStream makes your second screen more convenient than if you have to flip through apps or websites to find out what's going on, and what your friends are saying about it. "They don't DVR it, they watch it live," SportStream CEO Bob Morgan said. "Not just scores, but what are my friends saying on Twitter and Facebook."
SportStream will even track the top teams you're not watching, and let you know if, say, the your beloved Raiders are in the red zone by highlighting a link, so you can click over and check.
It's a good way to stay in touch - both with your favorite teams, and your favorite tweets.
Scott is also on Twitter: @scottbudman