Monday Night Open Thread


Seeing as how this is a baseball blog, I’m guessing a bunch of you play MLB The Show on the various Playstation consoles. The Show is, by far, the most realistic baseball game out there even if the overall quality pales in comparison to MVP 2005, the undisputed best baseball game of all-time. Anyway, I bring this up because fans will be allowed to vote for The Show’s cover athlete this year. CC Sabathia is one of the seven candidates along with Matt Kemp, Andrew McCutchen, Bryce Harper, Miguel Cabrera, Buster Posey, and Ryan Braun. The poll opened today, so go here to get your vote on.

Once you’ve done that, use this as your open thread for the night. The Knicks are playing, and you also have Notre Dame vs. Alabama for the college football national championship (8pm ET on ESPN). Talk about either game or anything else here. Enjoy.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Snide says:

    I love MVP 2005, but I’d take MLB 12 (and hopefully MLB 13) over it.

    (And don’t forget the old PlayStation MLB games which had Vin Scully doing the play-by-play…)

  2. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    I am so psyched for this game. I can honestly say that never in my life have I cared so much about college football.

    The tickets are absolutely insane. 1900 dollars for the cheap seats.


  3. RC aka oldmanalex says:

    no love for trout?

  4. Kevin G. says:

    Hopefully CC wins. It’s been awhile since a player on one of my favorite teams was on the cover of a video game (unless you count Deron Williams on Baller Beatz).

  5. RetroRob says:

    I guess this is just a reminder on why the Yankees need to collect catchers. The difference between whiplash and concussion can be the width of a paper. It appears he’s fine, but Cervelli has had this issue in the past.


  6. highland cow says:

    Here’s hoping I’m not the only one who hoped he could write in Tony Womack for the cover of MLB The Show ’13.

  7. Robinson Tilapia says:

    When I was a kid, I’m pretty sure there was an Atari 2600 or Odyssey II baseball game in which, when you moved one fielder, the others moved in unison.

    • Pat D says:

      The first baseball game I ever remember playing was Major League Baseball for the original NES. Loved that game because it had actual players, if not their names.

      But I clearly remember that being something that would happen in that game. Which led to the always hilarious visuals of the fielders you weren’t trying to have retrieve the ball running repeatedly into the walls and such.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        You’re going to get a full retrospective of my favorite old-school baseball video games after I’m done with dinner. Those not old enough to even remember the 16-bit era, you’ve been warned.

        • vin says:

          Ironically enough, I’ve been playing the Legend of Zelda on my droid the last week. There’s something to be said for those old school games we grew up playing.

      • TomH says:

        Yeah those computer games are nice, I guess. But my brother and I had endless hours of fun in the ’50s playing something called All Star Baseball.

        • Pat D says:

          I miss the prime days of Strat-O-Matic.

          There was a game I used to download every year called Out of the Park Baseball, which had a ton of content to it. However, I soured on it when I couldn’t seem to get through a season without 3 major injuries. Seriously, at one point in a season, I ended up with Jeter, Cano and either Teixeira or a starting pitcher out for at least 2 months each. I’m saying to myself, “Yea, injuries are part of the game, but this is fucking ridiculous.”

          I’m not sure I’ve played it since then.

    • jjyank says:

      Obviously you’re older than me, so any title there will go over my head. I don’t remember the first baseball game I played, but I remember my favorite. Triple Play ’99 was my jam.

      • jjyank says:

        Something I forgot to add in about that:

        There was a fictional stadium you could unlock that was on the Moon, so the gravity was real weak. I remember spending hours playing as an in-his-prime Ken Griffey Jr. doing Home Run Derbies in that park. Fun times.

        • Pat D says:

          I vaguely remember that but I don’t know if I ever played that park.

          The Triple Play series was good when I started with it, but it never really progressed. The worst thing they did was add that rocket sound when hitting a home run. I mean, it was kind of fun and cool the first couple times, but then it just took away all the suspense and basically ruined home runs.

          • jjyank says:

            I don’t remember if that sound was there or not. But remember, I was 11 or 12 when I was playing that. So I probably would have though the rocket sound was fuckin’ awesome if it was there.

  8. Jacob says:

    Damnit this makes me think about how I will have no baseball sim for the xbox this year. Damnit I am going to die, if 2K suddenly decided to stop making NBA for an unknown(and obviously stupid because it is so succesful) reason, I would have nothing to live for.

  9. Jacob says:

    Remember when Jeter was the cover athlete for 2K for about 192729834 years running?

  10. Drew says:

    Until my buddy got a PS3 in 2011 he used to update his MVP 05 rosters to current MLB rosters, and my friends and I used to help. You have no idea how tedious it was the create the mediocre reliever for the Brewers. It just speaks to how awesome MVP 05 was. The 2K games are crap and as an XBOX owner I cannot wait until EA does baseball again, probably won’t be until next year though at the earliest.

    • Jacob says:

      AMEN! 2K is shit but it was all I hat :(

    • jjyank says:

      I feel ya man. I’m an Xbox guy myself, and I hate that there’s no solid baseball game for it. I stopped buying the 2K games a few years ago. Really wish a good developer would step in to this obviously vacated market.

  11. Pat D says:

    Too much going on tonight, and this week in general.

    But tonight I can watch the first 30-40 minutes of Raw, then DVR the rest. Meanwhile I’ll be going insane watching (hopefully) Notre Dame end the era of SEC treachery. Then watch the rest of Raw to see how The Rock gets involved and to see who screws Ryback out of not beating CM Punk this time.

  12. turd surfer says:

    31-13 Bama and TJ Yeldon has a monster game. Expect a tight first half. Rooting for Irish but they are lacking in key areas to fend off Bama for more than a half.

  13. CountryClub says:

    Wally Matthews spoke to Casey close today and supposedly Hairston will decide between the mets and yanks in the next few days. Remember, he’ll probably be a FT player for mets. So that could be a sticking point.

    • jjyank says:

      Wait, did the Yankees even make him an offer? I think I’m missing something there.

    • Grit for Brains says:

      A) I think he has a multi year offer I wouldn’t want the Yanks to do that
      B) But teh OBP!11!


    • RetroRob says:

      Normally I would stop reading at “Wally Matthews,” but I read the rest since it was short.

      It’s possible the Yankees made an offer. Sometimes these things leak, other times not. He might prefer the Yankees based on the team and track record of making the postseason (his brother has a ring from the Yankees), but the Mets are more familiar and probably offer more playing time. Maybe the money is the roughly the same.

  14. Havok9120 says:

    I’m used to be the guy who, despite my rabid Yankee-fandom, voted on these things for the guy I felt deserved it rather than the guy I liked most or who was on my team. Then I realized that Yankees either need to have Truly Insane seasons to win awards or need to win enough years in a row that the voters just start voting for them by reflex.

    Now I vote for Yankee players if they can make any decent claim to whatever position I’m voting for.

    • TomH says:

      Back in the day, the Yanks had no problems with awards, MVP for example: 3 for Dimag, 3 for Yogi, 3 for Mantle.

      • jjyank says:

        What you’re citing isn’t so much a Yankee thing. It’s a generational, HOF player thing. Yes, some of the best players ever in the history of their positions won several MVPs. But Havok is right, in this day and age, a Yankee needs to go absolutely nuts to win an MVP. I’m not really sure what point you’re trying to make here, to be honest.

      • Pat D says:

        There were also only 8 teams in the league when those guys won their MVP’s, with the exception of Mantle’s last one, when there were 10.

        DiMaggio also didn’t deserve at least one of his, it was totally stolen from Williams. I don’t think Yogi really deserved all of his either.

        Then again, Bill James also said that Mantle deserved every MVP from about 1953-1962, except for one, I believe.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I think we can all agree it was a VERY different era, in all sorts of ways, then.

  15. Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)) says:

    I don’t understand how Trout isn’t on the short list for the cover?

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Probably the same logic some of the MVP voters used to pick Miggy this year. “Trout has plenty of time to get his…”

      • Get Phelps Up says:

        But Harper is a choice…

      • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)) says:

        My response to that would be “yeah because Bryce Harper is going to retire any day now.” I sort of feel like this kid’s not getting his due for being basically the best and most valuable player last season according to the numbers.

        • jjyank says:

          I agree with you. Perhaps Harper is getting the attention because of the draft hype. Trout had to earn that hype, but Harper had it since before he was a pro.

  16. cranky says:

    what about Mel Hall?

  17. Mike HC says:

    I just might have seen the worst commercial of all time involving an athlete. Curtis Granderson’s auto insurance commercial. It is not even bad enough to be unintentionally good.

  18. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I’m quite jealous of those who’ve grown up with the current crop of video games, as things have gotten, graphics-wise, to a point past what I used to dream about as a kid. I can, unfortunately, also say that my interest in video games started waning around the time first-person shooters and squad-based stuff became “the thing,” as there was an investment and complexity involved which I just wasn’t interested in. I loved my occasional Rachet and Clank, Okami, Beyond Good and Evil, etc., but that was it.

    I honestly haven’t really enjoyed a baseball game in over 10 years for the same reason. I’m just not very good at them. However, I grew up playing a LOT of baseball on the older system. Here’s three games that may look like shit compared to what you’ve got now, but I have fond memories of…

    1) http://www.stadium64.com/gamei.....seball.htm

    Pure-Stat Baseball, my favorite baseball game of all time. Why? Deepest stats, rosters, etc., of any game of its time. It expanded and expanded to the point that you had hundreds of teams to choose from, every stadium, and could create your own. You either could play manager or, my favorite, just let the PC run simulation after simulation of what could happen if the ’27 and ’61 Yankees played each other, best of seven. I LOVED this.

    2) http://www.stadium64.com/gamei.....rdball.htm

    I LOVED playing this. Why? It was the first game that ever actually put some thought and strategy behind the pitcher/batter matchup. You could also create your own “Swisher on the mound” situation where you put in a position player to pitch, he had no actual pitches to throw, and you somehow struck a guy out. It got even better once you actually added real rosters.

    3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvHc6jDaaIM

    No real rosters, but I loved my TurboGrafx 16 (I ALWAYS picked the wrong system), the graphics were quirky, gameplay simple, and you had the pre-3D “ball gets bigger the higher up in the air it goes” effect. After Hurricane Andrew, when we had no cable for months, I played this for hours a day.

    So no, it’s not MLB ’13 or whatnot, but this is what led to them.

    • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)) says:

      I’m sorry R-Tils, but First Person Shooters becoming “The Thing” is a pretty poor excuse to fall out of video games. I do understand you have other things going on in your life like a job, a wife, and a kid, so having no time to play video games is probably the bigger factor. I’d just like to defend the gaming establishment second though, and say that I don’t play first person shooters often, if ever yet still play a lot of video games. Skyrim, The Show, Madden, Grand Turismo, Uncharted, Dishonored, Assassin’s Creed are all games that aren’t your First Person Shooters and all outstanding games. The Fallout series, while taking place in the First Person, and using guns is much more than your traditional FPS as well as Borderlands. Journey is one of the best games I’ve played since getting my PS3 and there are no weapons or enemies to speak of. I’m not saying that you or anybody else should go out and spend 100s of dollars on a system, then 100s more on games, just that there is a lot more to modern video games than Modern Warfar or Black Ops.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I liked the Gran Turismo series, but it became repetitive. The first Uncharted didn’t keep my interest. Tried Assassin’s Creed, but found the controls unnecessarily complicated. Madden lost my interest years ago. I don’t think I’ve bought one in at least five years. Besides, the little ambulance doesn’t come out on the field anymore after a difficult hit.

        The type of game I liked died with games like Rachet and Clank, Jak & Daxter, etc. I prefer stuff on my IPad now. I don’t even own a system anymore.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          If there was a baseball game that allowed me to do the GM and manager stuff, without having to manage, say, the price of concessions, and was incredibly statistically deep, I might be interested.

          • Hubward says:

            What about Out of the Park? Ive played it for the pc and have it as an app. Gets updated every year and is all about the stats and strategy

        • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)) says:

          Dude, Uncharted 2 is possibly the best adventure game I’ve ever played. Great story, outstanding gameplay, challenging levels, unbelievable graphics for it’s time.

        • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

          The Sly Cooper games kick fucking ass, and another one is going to be coming out in February.

  19. Jimmy says:

    Not such a good start for the Golden Domers.

  20. forensic says:

    I love road to the show mode and some of its options.

    I wish the newer games could figure out a way to get the all-time greats into these games and have them available for use in all modes. I forget which year and franchise game it was (must be about a decade ago now on playstation) but my favorite of all time had that as an option and it was so cool playing a whole season, or more, with all time greats occupying your whole team.

    Now the only all time great you can get is yourself after building your player up and putting up absurd numbers (which is pretty fun in itself at least).

  21. Pat D says:

    OK, I’m already going for the cyanide.

  22. Sean A says:

    The Show cover is sort of cursed a bit. not as bad as Madden or Chunky Soup but here is the rundown.
    06 D Ortiz He has irregular heart beat as yanks sweep in Boston and Sox collapse
    07 D Wright Mets collapse
    08 R Howard Phillies win WS only cover guy to do so
    09 D Pedroia battles injuries and Sox bow out in division series
    10 J Mauer Last place
    11 J Mauer Last place
    12 A Gonzalez see 2012 Red Sox
    Beings how we have been bumped by the tigers for 2 straight seasons, I say we vote Cabrera across the board

  23. Pat D says:

    Well Notre Dame is getting no help from the officiating so far.

  24. Brian S. says:

    Fuck that call. Fuck Alabama.

  25. Pat D says:

    So far, Notre Dame has forgotten the fundamentals of tackling.

    Oh, great, 14-0. I might not be able to keep watching this.

  26. Havok9120 says:

    Good Lord. The vesting option for Berkman is THIRTEEN million?

    Egads. That could be an ugly 2014 contract if he stays healthy and productive this season.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      “Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you” – Bono

    • Get Phelps Up says:

      Texas has had just a terrible offseason so far.

    • MannyGeee says:

      If he gets th ABs, he might be worth it.. If he hits what he’s capable of, would you rather pay him or Ortiz that money? I think Berkman.

      And also, if Ortiz strains his vag in July, you still owe him the 13.?M. A least Berkman has a ‘discount’ of sorts if he doesn’t vest.

      And oh yeah, Berkman can still field if healthy…not so much for Ortiz…

  27. Robinson Tilapia says:

    My magnum opus on old-school baseball games was in moderation purgatory for a while, but is now up at about 8:31. :)

  28. Mike HC says:

    The officiating in this game is brutal

  29. Pat D says:

    That cyanide is looking mighty tempting right about now. I mean, it’s not just about the football game, there’s other shit happening too.

  30. forensic says:

    Yet another terrible championship game so far. Two years from now can’t come soon enough. At least there’ll be a modicum of a tournament at that point.

    Lots of pretty bad bowl games this year it seems like.

  31. turd surfer says:

    AJ McCarron already won. His girlfriend is amazing.

  32. RetroRob says:

    Long before America had reality TV, it had games shows where mass serial killers showed up and actually win. Don’t pick Bachelor #1…oh, darn. Too late.

    Really, this has nothing to do with baseball. Just damn creepy and in the news today.


  33. long ron daniels says:

    ohhh tough momma gonna come and lay that hot gas upon me. you done best not open your nostrils, big heavy momma gonna come lay her gas all about me.

    that stu bickel is a f—–g a—–e.

  34. MannyGeee says:

    While i like MLB12, this is the shit. And it’s not particularly close…


  35. Pat D says:

    Yep, Golson looks like a redshirt freshman again. I should have known that would happen.

  36. Pat D says:

    Jesus Fucking Christ. Even Te’o forgot how to tackle.

  37. Pat D says:

    The only thing that Alabamans can ever feel good about: their football team. Glad they excel in things that are actually, ya know, important.

    That asshole who poisoned the trees at Auburn gets to take pleasure in this. That really pisses me off to no end.

    Yes, I’m being bitter. Deal with it.

  38. turd surfer says:

    I was dead wrong about this game and I had Bama winning by 18. ND looks overmatched.

  39. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Ryback/Punk >>>>> Bowl game.

    • Pat D says:

      Except that The Shield showing up was soooooooooo predictable. They’ve already become stale.

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        I think it’s time to put them in the ring more, and not three on one against Ryback. Ambrose will get over all on his own.

        Being that they’ll be setting up punk versus undertaker for wrestle mania, I though there was an outside shot at the lights being a prelude to that.

        • forensic says:

          Undertaker is still wrestling??? Geez, he was wrestling like 20 years ago when I watched that stuff. Dude’s gotta be like 50 by now.

          • Pat D says:

            Soon to be 48. Due to a combination of age and injuries, he hasn’t been a full time wrestler since 2010. He’s wrestled the last two WrestleManias and that’s been it.

        • Pat D says:

          It definitely is time to get them wrestling regularly, but there has to be some kind of payoff to everything they’ve done since they debuted, and I don’t see one unless they firmly align with Punk or Maddox or Heyman or someone like that.

  40. Get Phelps Up says:

    Kinda hoping for back to back shutouts in the BCS game. At this point, why not.

  41. Andy Pettitte's Fibula says:

    This game is like men against boys. Teo getting steamrolled by the Bama O line.

    The SEC is just a whole different level from what ND is used to,playing.

  42. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    This is one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen. Maybe ND can forfeit the rest of the game to save further embarrassment.

  43. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    You know what’s really sad? Losing this game pretty much invalidates their entire season.

    • Andy Pettitte's Fibula says:

      It was wishful thinking to expect them to be able to hang with an SEC team. It’s a whole different caliber of athlete.

      • Pat D says:

        I’m so sick of hearing that shit. I don’t care if it’s true or not, it’s probably the number one sports narrative I want to see die.

        • Andy Pettitte's Fibula says:

          It’s the truth whether you hate it or not. Isn’t this 7 championships in a row for the SEC? That’s total dominance no matter how you spin it.

          Nothing against ND but they were clearly overwhelmed a much more talented team.

          • Pat D says:

            Yea, they got beaten in the trenches, plain and simple.

            Trust me, I hate the fucking SEC. The only reason they get the recruits they do is because these idiot high school kids don’t want to go to college in cold weather. As if no other conference is capable of sending them to the NFL or something. I have a lot of issues with the south in general, so that helps fuel my SEC hatred.

            Oh, and Nick Saban might be a great college coach, but the guy couldn’t cut the mustard in the NFL and just went and quit. So I don’t care how many national titles he’s won, he’s not one of the greatest coaches that ever coached.

  44. trr says:

    The SEC Championship is the National Championship Game

  45. trr says:

    The SEC Championship is the National Championship Game

  46. Pat D says:

    Maybe someday somebody will wake the fuck up and beat the SEC. Or maybe their dominance finally ends once we get a playoff. Whatever.

    This week started out about as miserably as it could for me. Between unemployment running out, still waiting for final back to school approval, waiting for health care credit approval, likely having to borrow money from my parents, and everything that happened tonight (including a rather sucky Raw and the Knicks losing to the fucking Celtics), I really might me reaching for those cyanide pills come Friday or Saturday.

    At this rate, I expect Les Miserables to be the only movie nominated for Best Picture.

    • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

      I resent your last comment.

      • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

        (Oh yeah, sorry for you and all that jazz too.)

      • Pat D says:

        It must just be me. Since my mother and sisters loved it. Then again, they’re fans of the play. So, like I said, it seems that if you’re a fan of the play, you’ll love the movie.

        Actually, now that I look at Rotten Tomatoes, I see I’m not alone. Only 70% fresh. Not terrible, but lower than Argo, The Sessions, Zero Dark Thirty, Skyfall, Amour, Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, Life of Pi, Django Unchained, Wreck-It Ralph, The Impossible, Rust and Bone, and Flight. That’s just stuff still in theaters.

        • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

          Oh yeah, I knew it was in the 70s. You’re probably right, if you saw and liked the play you’ll love it.

          In related news, earlier today the 25th anniversary concert was on. I was watching the BCS championship at first, but once it reached 21-0 I was able to catch the ending.

          Silver linings.

      • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)) says:

        It’s probably going to be Le Miserable, Lincoln, or Zero Dark Dirty. 3 more I think will get nominations are Moonrise Kingdom, Argo, and The Dark Knight.

        • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

          I’m thinking it’s probably either going to be Les Mis or Lincoln (which was also great, BTW).

          • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)) says:

            Idk, critic’s are like head over heels for Zero-Dark-Thirty. It’s going to be close, but I think it’s going to stand a chance against the other 2. I hope it’s Lincoln, I loved it. The set, the cast, the score, the screen play, the dialogue, the acting from everybody, was outstanding. I think this is going to go down as Daniel Day-Lewis’ crowning movie. Which is saying a lot after Last of the Mohicans, Gangs of New York, and There Will Be Blood.

            • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

              I have some questions about historical accuracy with “Lincoln”, but it was a great movie.

              I can honestly say I’m not interested in “Zero Dark Thirty”. The fact that it’s so soon after the bin Laden raid makes me really question it-and that the CIA and military are condemning it gives me some pause.

              I know, I know-of course they would, what do you expect, and all that jazz. But still. It definitely gives me some pause.

        • Pat D says:

          According to the predictors on GoldDerby.com, the consensus Top 5 seem to be Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Mis, Argo and Silver Linings Playbook. Life of Pi, Django Unchained, Amour, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Moonrise Kingdom are the next tier.

          I’ll be stunned if The Dark Knight Rises gets nominated. I’ll be disappointed by that, but I can see it being squeezed out this time, unlike what happened 4 years ago. It will also be ironic, of course, that The Dark Knight was the reason they expanded the Best Picture field, and its sequel won’t get nominated.

          • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)) says:

            I forgot about Silver Linings Playbook and Beasts of the Southern Wild.

          • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

            The Dark Knight was way better, and it was pretty much all because of Heath Ledger. The Dark Knight rises was decent but not in the same tier.

          • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)) says:

            Also, I’m surprised Django Unchained is even on the ‘second tier.’ We talk a lot about this with baseball players, but I feel like Tarantino got so overrated he’s become underrated. That is to say his fanboy’s (me included) blow him up to such an unbelievable standard that everybody else don’t give him enough credit, and his actual talent level is somewhere in between.

            • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

              You’re probably right.

              I’m not a Tarantino fan though. I never really liked his style. If I had to pick a favorite director, and I normally just judge a movie on “Hey, that looks good!” or “I’ve read that book!”, I’d probably pick Scorsese. But mostly because I absolutely love both “Goodfellas” and “The Departed”. I’m not even sure if I’ve seen anything else by him.

              I have to admit though, I could easily say Spielberg. “Jaws” is my all-time favorite movie, and “Lincoln was great. The Indiana Jones films (well, 1 and 3) speak for themselves.

              • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)) says:

                Other famous(and awesome) Scorsese flicks:
                Shutter Island
                Gangs of New York
                Raging Bull
                Taxi Driver
                Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

  47. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    I know this is utterly unrelated to the other game choices mentioned here, but I love MLB 2004. The reason is that:

    1) Using their shitty trading system I created a team consistently in the 120s-130s in wins.

    2) It came to the point where I had to intentionally use shitty teams (either the Rays or Brewers normally) for a challenge. This was fun when you did playoff mode because the way the game was played if you had one good game or even a few really good at bats that sets you up on a “hot streak”. This meant that you could make some really insane comebacks, both in games and in cities. I got revenge on the Red Sox 3-0 comeback at least twice.

    Almost as fun as NFL 2k2, another game that I keep playing because I’m not interested in a learning curve.

    • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

      “In cities” should be “in series”.

    • forensic says:

      I’m past the point of wanting a challenge in many of these games. I’m basically just interested in seeing how absurdly insane the numbers I put up can be.

      • Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

        I do that sometimes in season. And in NFL2k2 Occasionally I create a team of all stars, set it to easy, and play the Texans. I think I made it over 200 points to nothing a couple of times.

        • forensic says:

          In The Show, my team is amazing (and I don’t even have any control over personnel moves or anything) and we routinely win about 145-150 games a year.

          As for my player, let’s just say he makes early-2000′s Barry Bonds look like a replacement player…

  48. Improbable Island's Dirty Midget Whores (formerly RRR) says:

    This comment is for forensic-I’ve been looking up the songs from Les Mis on youtube in the original French just for shits and giggles. It’s really pretty fascinating. The translators did a hell of a job with it.

    • forensic says:

      That’s pretty cool. I’m not sure I’d like to hear them though. It seems like it might tarnish my current impression of it all for some reason.

  49. Tom Zig says:

    Posey or Cabrera deserves the cover

  50. Bavarian Yankee says:

    “The Show is, by far, the most realistic [B]MLB[/B] game out there even if the overall quality pales in comparison to MVP 2005, the undisputed best [B]MLB[/B] game of all-time.”

    fixed this for you. I love The Show but PYS is more realistic. Too bad PYS is NPB (and WBC) only. Overall The Show may still be the better game but when it comes to realism of the gameplay PYS owns The Show.

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