Before every baseball season, there’s a list of movies that I try to watch to psych myself up for Opening Day.
- The Natural
- Field of Dreams
- Major League
This season I’m going to try to get through the books that 3 of those movies are based on.
I’ve been giving this a lot of thought lately: how many game systems are too many?
I have a large number of baseball games, yet only play 3 of them with any regularity. Another two are currently slated for small projects that I started. And then I have a couple that I’ve never even learned how to play, yet have them sitting on my shelf, alongside the 3 grandaddies: APBA, Strat-O-Matic, and Statis Pro. I have yet to find a system that I disliked playing.
My simple answer is that there’s never too many, if you have a desire to play them. Which I do. I’ll play when I get to play them, which may be later rather than sooner, but there’ll be play time for everything.
Or not. We’ll just have to see where the future leads for this hobby of mine, among all the others.
Like the other sports games.
And non-sports games.
Final from Shibe Park:
The Giants split the series in Philadelphia.
Next up: The Giants return to the ‘Stick for an extended homestand, starting with the Dodgers.
I’ll get right to it as soon as I finish this series between the 1967 Giants and 1967 Phillies…
The following items arrived at the office during my week off:
Ball Park Baseball: 1950 MLB season and 3 stadiums that I needed for other seasons
– History Maker Baseball: 1971 MLB season
– Second Season: 2001 XFL season (whut?)
– Red White & Blue Racing: 2016 NASCAR season
If there’s anything I’m learning from playing this 1917 MLB replay, it’s that the game was played very differently (obviously) back then.
I’ve started play on day two, and in the game I’m currently playing (Senators @ Athletics), I just had the weirdest double play that I’ve ever seen:
Bases loaded, 1 out. I try a suicide squeeze, resulting in a strikeout and the runner on third getting caught stealing home.
I think this season replay is teaching me how to play this game better, in general. I’d ignore the solitaire charts in my 1958 replay, and slowly started using them in my 1967 replay, but I’m using them whole hog in the 1917 replay.
Day two results should be posted shortly.
Final from the Astrodome:
Final from the Astrodome:
Tito Fuentes gets the Giants on the board with a monster shot over the centerfield wall. Willie Mays and Willie McCovey provide the only other scoring with home runs of their own. Juan Marichal picks up the win, a complete game shutout.