He'd given up six runs in three innings of work when MLB 10 The Show sent the manager out to remove him from the game. Even in a video game, the bad losses stick with you. They stick with Hans Smith a little more.
As Kotaku's chief sports writer, my most memorable gaming moments of 2010 come entirely within that genre. No spoilers here, but then, the human drama of athletic competition follows no script.
Cody Ross, Jimmy Rollins and newly minted Chicago White Sox (sock?) Adam Dunn star in these screens for MLB 11 The Show. There's a reason it's called the Gran Turismo of baseball, and not just because both are PS3 exclusives.
Weekends we run "Box Scores,", showcasing superlative games played by readers. This game from MLB 10 The Show was CPU-simulated, but looking at that linescore, baseball fans instantly understand how far beyond the pale it is.
Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman will be the second rookie to debut as the fastest thrower in all of video game baseball when he and his 103-mph heater are uploaded to MLB 2K10 sometime later this evening.
Sony's European president said the company is "broadly supportive" of measures like EA Sports' Online Pass - which enables online features through a one-use code free in retail copies - and is considering them for titles like MLB The Show.
It's the bottom of the fourth and that SOB Dallas Hodges is squeezing the zone low and away, again. Strike three went by like a freight train and Hodges just stared at it like a cow. This ump's a disgrace.
Some rivalries are played before sellout crowds, primetime exposure and adoring nationwide coverage. Others finish past midnight with a couple dozen disinterested people left in the bleachers and only two more watching on the TV.
Runners no longer score on force-outs to end an inning thanks to a do-over patch Sony rolled to the PS3 earlier today for MLB 10 The Show.
Patch No. 3 for MLB 10 The Show was delivered to PS3 users earlier this morning, but unfortunately contains a rather serious error - runs crossing the plate on a third out are counted, where they shouldn't.
The more true-to-life the machine simulation, the more repulsive humans find it. That's the "uncanny valley." After hundreds of games I realize baseball on my Xbox 360 and PS3 will always battle that conundrum - and not in their visuals.
My hardline stance against performance-enhancing drugs in sports is a convenient one, informed only by my experience as a fan. I've never been faced with the choice or even the opportunity to get an unfair edge in baseball. Until now.
The mad geniuses at Operation Sports have put out a custom roster file that comprehensively updates one area that MLB 10: The Show cannot, according to its contract: Real minor league players.
The game of baseball was brought to video game consoles long ago. The total experience - the Pastime - represents the next frontier of simulation, for a public delighted by every stat and detail, no matter how small.
Now that everyone can finally connect to PlayStation Network, this is probably a good time to tell you that you can pick up a free baseball jersey for your Home avatar, just by going and watching a trailer.
Sometimes I wonder if, in the future, a sports commissioner raised among our generation will fire up NBA 2K37 at the end of a terrible week, and let his cares melt away in a league where nothing bad ever happens.
With fewer than five days until release, the absence of a demo for MLB 10 The Show raises uncomfortable speculation. An Sony San Diego Studio representative says that the demo is complete, but Sony hasn't approved it.
Although I suppose Polo and Forbes are big brands in modern times. I just doubt they'd put it on a baseball park. SCEA's released this video of the six classic ballfields available with an MLB 10 The Show preorder.
MLB 09 The Show was widely hailed as a best-in-class game, for the sports genre as well as baseball. But Sony's San Diego Studio understood that even last year's effort didn't excuse them from improving on it this season.
Home run derbies have been a standalone mode of baseball sims for years. This video shows that MLB 10 The Show will incorporate the All-Star Home Run Derby into its long-term play modes, as well as the All-Star Futures game.