Pitching Perfection In Video Game Baseball Finally More Profitable Than In Real Life

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In the last couple of months, both Wade McGilberry and Dallas Braden pitched perfect baseball games. Only Braden is a pro athlete. But McGilberry makes a lot more money.

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McGilberry won $1,000,000 for pitching his perfect game in early March. His feat that occurred in MLB 2K10 in early March. The money came via a contest from the company behind the game, 2K Sports.

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Braden, who pitched his perfect game for the Oakland A's this past Mother's Day, will take home a mere $420,000 this year, according to ESPN, despite retiring his 27 consecutive batters in real life.

Maybe Braden picked the wrong type of baseball.

But let's look at this as a list, using the most recent five real-life perfect games, and one virtual one, to be sure...

-New York Yankee David Wells pitches perfect (real) game on May 17, 1998. Baseball earnings for that year: $4,666,666 [Source]

-New York Yankee David Cone pitches perfect (real) game on July 18, 1999. Baseball earnings for that year: $9,500,000 [Source]

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-Arizona Diamondbacks ace Randy Johnson pitches perfect (real) game on May 18, 2004. Baseball earnings for that year: $16,000,000. [Source]

-Chicago White Sox star Mark Buehrle pitches perfect (real) game on July 23, 2009. Baseball earnings for that year: $14,000,000 [Source]

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-Wade McGilberry pitches perfect (virtual) game on March 2, 2010. Baseball earnings for that year: $1,000,000

-Oakland A's newcomer Dallas Braden pitches perfect (real) game on May 9, 2010. Baseball earnings for this year: $420,000.

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Well, maybe it's still a better deal to pitch real baseball. Except this year. Mr. McGilberry, lend Mr. Braden a few bucks if he needs it, ok?

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theforgetfulbrain
TheForgetfulBrain

I don't know man - the amount that sports stars get paid has always seemed a little nuts to me.

That one million gaming prize isn't something that's going to happen with any frequency - it was basically a promotion.

Yet that pitcher still made $420,000 in one year - a good percentage of the population doesn't make $100,000 in a year.

Celebrities, sports stars. Sometimes it just seems kind of insane how much money these people make.

I know, I know, that's the way the economy works. Those in the spotlight of the entertainment industry are the most obvious component of the massive entity that is Entertainment. You might say Entertainment is siphoned from them like Slurm.

But still. At the most basic level, doesn't the disparity of pay seem a little mad? Just because they are so damn good at this one specific thing.

I mean, you don't see expert plumbers buzzing around, getting paid a ridiculous amount of money for each job.

Actually. Huh.

Maybe the gaming industry is the place to be after all.