Cribbing, with some tweaks, off the topic of this week’s GWJ Conference Call, what are some of the minor or mundane things in games that make you irrationally happy? Maybe you love it when a game has captions turned on by default. Maybe you go weak in the knees when they let you put silencers on shotguns. Whatever gives you that flutter. I’ll start off:
Drawing a walk in MLB the Show. It shouldn’t be that big of a deal. About 8% of all MLB plate appearances end in a walk, which means the average team draws about 3 per game. Yet somehow, after decades of playing baseball video games, I have absolutely no command of the virtual strike zone. I get probably closer to 3 walks per week. Do you know how embarrassing it is for your team’s OBP to be lower than its batting average? (For you non-fans out there: really damn embarrassing.)
The time two years ago I managed to draw three walks in one game WITH THE SAME HITTER (Daniel Murphy off Vince Valesquez)‽ I’m getting tingly just thinking about it.