Okay, this article may not spell out the connection between stealing baseball signs and life online, but let me take a shot at it. We're currently in a big debate over privacy in an on-line world. Here we have a big story about how some sneaky guys used special technology to eavesdrop on a conversation and change the course of history. Who won the pennant in 1951 isn't that big a deal, but it was very important to many people then. The Giants remarkable winning streak is a major sports legend and now it becomes obvious that it was clearly part of a ruse.
So what does that mean for life online? Many people often play down the influence of the widespread eavesdropping by system administrators, company officials, police agents, the NSA, and others. They argue that the information isn't worth that much, people shouldn't be worried if they're not guilty, or a host of other excuses. They're right. Each email or trip to a website isn't worth that much. But a little advantage can be worth alot. The Giants had a great winning streak once they started stealing the signs. Maybe that had something to do with it.
This is just one datapoint. The article at Flyzone does point out that they won plenty on the road and we don't know if they were stealing signs there too. Also, the sign stealing didn't seem to help when the Yankees rolled into town. (Rolled across town?) They lost two world series games at home, buzzer and all.
Still, I think it's an interesting story. It would have been better if someone drew the connection between SIGINT in baseball and the world of today. But I'll leave that for other posters. We need to have something to argue about.