We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Badges!

No, this has nothing to do with The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. (That’s not even the actual quote from the movie, anyway.)

It has to do with Gameday, which has added a fascinatingly stupid new feature: the ability to earn badges based on what players do during the game. It basically selects players at random and assigns an offensive play to them. If they perform the play that game and you have Gameday open, you earn the badge. Really.

Those are the Orioles options for today. Sure, Luke Scott and J.J. Hardy have a chance of achieving theirs, but let’s be honest, when was the last time Mark Reynolds was on base? How can he steal a base if he’s never even on the basepaths because he always strikes out?

I’m not even sure what the point of the badges is. I think maybe the collectible aspect is to get fans to actually use Gameday, or something like that. It’s just all-around confusing. It cracks me up, though, at least.

These are all the badges I’ve accidentally acquired so far by keeping up with games I can’t watch live on Gameday:

Yes, of course there's a Jed Lowrie one. Be shocked.

They even come in a delightful display case for your perusal. Isn’t that just plain lovely?

This is easily the oddest thing I’ve seen MLB.com do in a long time. I’m bemused and confused and amused and (insert word here ending in -used). In fact, I’m at a loss for words here, so we’ll let these folks say it for me.

2 thoughts on “We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Badges!

  1. ateatum says:

    SAW THIS! What the heck? Very silly.

    But maybe it gets people to … use Gameday? Was that really something MLB was shooting for? More Gameday traffic?

    1. Steph Diorio says:

      I don’t understand it! I think that’s what it’s for, but somehow I think they should be marketing MLB.TV harder, given that it’s the product that actually makes them money…huh.

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