Friday, June 4, 2010
Fondest memory of Ken Griffey Jr.
First, the game was ahead of it's time. The 3-4-5 hitters on every team had muscles coming from unknown places, an obvious hint at the steroid era that would be exposed a decade later. Just look at the cleanup hitter on the Oakland Athletics (Griffey was the only player with his real name. More on this later) and how crazy big his muscles are. That same player, Mark McGuire, just recently confessed to steroid use. Coincidence? Doubtful. This was Griffey exposing the players that would come to overshadow him during his career because of their enhanced achievements.
Second, the names of the players were amazing. At first glance, one would think they were random. But upon closer inspection it could be easily observed that each team had a theme. One team, I can't remember who, was filled with former presidents of the United States. Of course, Griffey got his real name, but it would have made no sense if it was his game and he wasn't in it.
Third, the home run derby was awesome. You only had three choices from either league. One was Griffey, and if your friend got him, you were screwed. The NL had a huge guy, but it seemed every time Griffey swung the bat in the game it ended up being a home run. On a side not, why the heck did they even bother making a small and medium guy available? No one ever picked them and they had no chance to win.
Fourth, the attention to detail for the batters' box was great. It started to fade in the third inning, and was gone by the sixth. Nothing crazy, but you have to respect that kind of feature in 1994 video games.
Fifth, the versatility of fielders was excellent. Not only could you dive forward and to the sides, but you could leap for a ball going over your head or scale the wall a little bit. Suck on that, "RBI"!
It is the greatest baseball game ever made. Forget these "MLB: The Show" games and your ability to throw like five different pitches and supposedly realistic gameplay. They have nothing on Griffey. When he is done getting inducted into the baseball hall of fame on the first ballot, he should shoot for the video game one. Do they have one? I'm Too lazy to research it and my lunch break is over.
Matt Sharp - Goodbye West Coast