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The Baseball Show: Spring Has Arrived

Last night on The Baseball Show co-hosts Mike Rosenbaum of The Golden Sombrero and MJ Lloyd of Off-Base Percentage and I discussed the following:

-With spring training in session, which starts are we impressed by?
-Basic fantasy baseball talk in leading up to our fantasy draft next week
-Bryce Harper talk (which probably should become a weekly, formal segment)
-How does Brett Lawrie compare with Ryan Braun?
-Is Matt Moore a candidate to have arm problems?
-MLB ’12 The Show
-Collecting (MJ opened a box of Bowman Chrome before the show began)
-As always, much more in between.

If you like baseball and you have a few minutes on a Friday or over the weekend and want to hear a couple guys bullshitting late-night about all things on the diamond, you will enjoy the show.

As The ‘Show Turns

Tonight I started my MLB ’12: The Show dynasty on the ol’ PS3. I have already come to the conclusion that unless I’m missing some kind of game breaking glitch, this is the greatest baseball and sports video game I’ve ever played.

In honor of this, I’m going to keep you all in the loop on the adventures of my franchise play periodically. That’s not only because I am a huge dork, but I want you to all be along for the ride as I manage the 2012 Reds to a World Series title.

Today, I started the season 2-0 with a pair of wins over the Miami Marlins.

On Opening Day with the game tied at 2-2, Jay Bruce hit a 370+ foot jack into the Moondeck off Mark Buerhle to put the Reds ahead 4-2. He would add another 2-run shot later in the game off the left field foul pole (and off another lefty, a full count offering from Mike Dunn) to increase the lead to 6-2.

I went ahead and left Aroldis and his cheese on the hill to see if he could notch his 2nd career save in the 9th and despite giving up a bomb to Giancarlo Stanton (pictured below), the Reds held on for a 6-3 win in front of a sell out crowd on Opening Day.

In the second game of the season, things got a little whackier.

The hero of the “day” is pictured at the top of the post. Devin Mesoraco hit a two run bomb to left field off Anibal Sanchez to put the Reds up 2-0. Miguel Cairo made a throwing error to allow the Marlins to tie the game at 2-2. I won’t lie, I cannot remember how the Marlins got up 3-2 on me in the 6th, but they did.

Jay Bruce hit a bomb to tie it in the bottom of the frame, and things got crazy from there. The inning ended after I had hit around and Bruce tripled with the bases loaded to put my boys up 9-3. That will teach polygonal Ozzie Guillen to pitch around Votto to get to Bruce.

I decide from there I can ride out Sam Lecure’s stash rather than using the important bullpen arms. This was a poor idea.

So Lecure is tired or something after like 10 pitches. I continue to whip the mule, not understanding why in the Hell ‘Sam Lecure is getting tired’ and why the game is notifying me of it in the middle of trying to get the heart of the Marlins order out.

This ends in Lecure getting crashed around in the waves a bit. And then John Buck hit a 3-run bomb that made it 9-8. I got out of the inning with little dignity and gave the ball to Ryan Madson in the top of the 9th.

In his first Reds appearance, he sets down Jose Reyes and Chris Coghlan routinely, and then appears to retire the side and win me the game by striking out Hanley Ramirez looking. The umpire calls the ‘strike’ a ball and I go full count to Hanley. Madson is pissed on screen and has words with the umpire. I’m not kidding, play the game. It might happen to you.

I start to feel paranoid about the game stealing one from me. At that time, Hanley hits a ball in the hole to short stop and Janish has no chance to throw him out. And here we go folks.

Mike Stanton to the plate, and holy shit; nothing Madson has can put him away. Big Mike blasts a 3-2 offering into the left field seats to put the Fish up 10-9 after fouling off like 5 pitches and my heart sinks. I feel cheated.

But I forgot who was coming up in the bottom of the 9th, and so did my managerial counterpart; Ozzie Guillen.

Joey Votto catches a 1-1 pitch off Chad Gaudin (why was he closing for the Marlins) into the seats in right field, a majestic 406 foot blast; and we’re all tied at 10 once again.

The next batter is Bruce on one of his customary Jay Bruce hot streaks–just like real life. He’s already homered 3 times in the series, walked, tripled and has 9 RBI. Bruce singles on a line drive to right field and I roll the dice and steal second with him. Drew Stubbs continues to hit like he’s swinging a sword (also life like) and after missing two bunt attempts, fails to make contact and strikes out swinging. With two outs and Bruce still on second, Mesoraco hits a line drive to right field to score Bruce.

Turn out the lights, Cincinnati can still go 162-0 and everything I touch is turning to gold right now in the way of lineup moves!

Stay tuned for the next installment…

The Only Thing ‘Unreal’ Would Be the Marijuana Consumption

This is MLB ’12: The Show’s Commercial that so many have been talking about. And if you didn’t know the connection between dope and Cubbies fans, you haven’t been around here long enough.

It’s a great commercial for a baseball video game, and it’s exactly the type of audience that this product needs to attract. I love it and I agree, one of the coolest things you can do is ‘manage’ or ‘GM’ your virtual Cubbies to video game glory all while twisting a doobie in the suburbs with the train going by your apartment.

Such is why this game is so special. With that said, Papa’s got some gamin’ to do.

h/t: Big League Stew

MLB ’12 The Show has arrived

Just as we were telling a friend today at work that we were getting too old and no longer really had time for video games.

It’s probably a sign of how busy we’ve been–the date we had marked in that imaginary calendar in our minds got here quicker than we thought it would–but nonetheless we’re considering going out at midnight to pick up a copy. MLB ’12 The Show is available at midnight tonight.

Our boy Steve Berthiaume (noted The Show enthusiast) gives us a really good rundown of this year’s title over at SweetSpot today.

For those of you that aren’t into video games, we still give this one a strong recommendation. It’s the grandaddy of them all in terms of sports gaming experiences.

This year’s marquee feature appears to be hit variety as the result of new ball-spin mathematics created by the team who works on the video game.

Expect a full review soon, along with some updates of my franchise that you surely won’t care about.

Your MLB the Show ’12 Cover

This is hot off the press–the MLB the Show ’12 cover boy will be Adrian Gonzalez. This would only be known by those who follow the Official MLB the Show Facebook Fan Page like I do. And lets be honest, I probably beat you to it for reasons I’m not entirely proud of.

Adrian replaces the cover boy for two years running Joe Mauer. It was probably time. I thought SCEA missed the boat not having Joey Votto on the cover after his 2010 MVP season, but I’m only one man.

I cannot wait until that March 6th release date when I can roll into work all red eyed because I’ve played 54 innings of Playstation 3 baseball. It’s almost like Opening Day before Opening Day, for us video game wizard folks.


A First Look at MLB The Show ’12

It sounds like sports’ best video game has once again out-done itself.

Best new feature?

I think it’s our new ball physics. Our programmer ripped out every line of last year’s code and completely re-invented the way the ball acts. It’s a nerd feature, but it adds so much to the game. The baseball gains and loses energy like a real baseball, and if you go into replay, you can count the rotations – that ball is going to spin the way it’s supposed to. This opens up the game because we have bloopers, ricochets off the bases, balls going into no man’s land…it’s much more dynamic and engaging.

It sounds engaging. And what else?

A new feature called True Broadcast Presentation, which accurately recreates broadcast camera cuts and other presentation signatures you’d see in a televised MLB broadcast. “We’re trying to blur the lines between baseball simulation on your PS3 and what you’d see on MLB.TV sitting on your couch,” Russell explained. “When a batter strikes out, the camera will cut and you will see his face, his anger.”

But what about that recycled commentary?

Commentary, which Russell specifically described as the “number one complaint” from last year’s game, is seeing a similarly massive overhaul. “You’ll hear more season-specific commentary, more conversation pieces,” Russell explained. “The commentators are going to talk about the MVP race, the Cy Young race, the series that you played in two days before. They’re going to talk about how your pitcher is having an awful year because he’s 5 and 15.”

Also, prepare yourself for these new marquee power features like this:
-14 unique umpires with all new personalities
-Fielders will close their gloves on catches
-New cleats

You had me at the new umpires. I’m officially excited and counting down the days until this game.