I can still remember the days when we packed up our baseball gloves, filled our backpacks with Baseball player sliding into base with baseman catching ballsnacks, and headed to Veteran’s Stadium to watch the Philadelphia Phillies battle it out in summer’s finest game.

On the way to our seats, my dad would grab some fresh roasted peanuts as he gripped his binoculars around his neck while he donned his favorite faded maroon baseball hat. Without fail, he would stop at a stand on the way to our seats and grab two programs – one for me (I would look at the pictures) and one for him so he could diligently keep score throughout the game, down to the last play in the final inning. My dad and I would sit on the third-base line and I would admire my boyfriend at the time, Mike Schmidt, as he fielded balls and I’d always hope he’d throw one in my direction. My dad would grab his binoculars and keep that small yellow pencil in his hand as he marked off the starting line-up and prepared his score sheet for the game.

I remember peering over my dad’s arm as he feverishly moved that little yellow pencil and I would look at his marks in confusion and amazement since it appeared to be more like hieroglyphics than a score. I noticed the concentration in his face and wondered why he found such joy in drawing lines and shading boxes, while I just checked out the digital screen as the innings changed and runs were scored.

I did, however, appreciate when he’d lean over, tell me what just happened (as I was probably more entertained by my cotton candy than the game) and then explain why it was or wasn’t a good move. I would listen, nod my head, and then revert back to trying to avoid having the stickiest fingers in the stadium by carefully pulling apart my pink sugar.

Before we’d leave the game, my dad would review his notes and provide a full synopsis of what happened, what went right (or wrong), and how players could have performed differently to end up with a different outcome. I appreciated his detailed full post-game analysis and learned a lot about player performance and stats as he showed me his scorecard to validate his analysis. I grew to have a true appreciation for the sport, and for the numbers.

As we would drive home, he’d always turn on the radio to listen to the after game analysis. As the sports commentators rounded up the game and selected their best-performing players, I’d always have a new sense of appreciation for my dad as the commentators echoed my father’s analysis, almost word-for-word.

…and today, as I sit at a game, I have my sports app open to follow the score of the game I am attending, and peruse through the scores of other teams in the league to see how the competition is stacking up. I enjoy that I can simultaneously keep up with three or four games, and receive notifications on my smart phone so I don’t miss a single move or great play.

Looking around, it seems that almost no one in the stadium pays attention to the scorecard, but the mega screens and our smartphones have more of our attention, and provide a view that would embarrass our binoculars.

The way we engage with today’s game is different. We go to the games to enjoy more of the experience than the game – the good old concept of “take me out to the ballgame” and the nostalgia of walking the concourse – but we can also experience the game through technology as some innovations have really brought us a step closer, and almost inside, the game.

Today’s teams and fans are numbers-driven. That means we are increasingly interested in player stats – everything from the traditional stats of homeruns and RBIs and batting average, to today’s insane salaries and player endorsements. Teams are also playing the numbers game to configure the best team and find players who mesh well on and off the field to build the winning dynasty.

A tool that brings the numbers to a whole new level is SAP’s baseball analytics dashboard that houses all historical and current data for the New York Yankees players, is amazingly addictive and gives a brand new perspective on players and past teams. By reviewing the stats, which are visually displayed in graphs and charts, you can compare last year over this year and see the months when the Yankees peak and how player performance changes through the course of the season and seasons where they may have suffered injuries or were below their optimal performance.

The data is intuitively sorted by teams and players, and through the interactive dashboard, invites a user to click around the see any combination of stats to satisfy their thirst for baseball-knowledge.

This layer of data and analytics brings a new perspective as to how we see the game and analyze players and teams. It provides information that we didn’t always have access to and it may just cause our fantasy baseball teams to turn into a moneyball approach.

For my dad, I can see him sticking to his paper scorecard and binoculars, but I know he will secretly be clicking around online as he prepares for his next ballgame and post-game analysis.