Back in the day of ‘Texas Heat’ I was a huge Nolan Ryan fan. That being said “Nolan Ryan’s Baseball” on the SNES was truly bad amongst the bad. Team R vs. Team B?!? I’ll just assume the artistic creativity was lost in translation. I wasn’t merely confined to games involving humans partaking in baseball however.
Being a fan of the finer, more sophisticated things in life I sought out ways to expand my mind causing me to stumble upon Super Baseball 2020. This forgotten ‘gem’ involved teams of robots who apparently didn’t feel the need for an infield fly rule leading to awesome (translated: lame) triple plays.
However, some cartridges contained true glory. When World Series Baseball on the Genesis came out it was the first game I remember that actually used commentator, if only to announce what teams were playing. The fellow, who sounded suspiciously like Dr. Stephen Hawking, would announce something in a super realistic manner like “TODAY’S GAME IS BETWEEN THE …(long pause)… BLUE JAYS …(long pause)… AND THE …(long pause)… ORIOLES.” Not since we heard “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” did simple words move the world so much.
Remember you and a friend sat down to one of the best, if not the best baseball game ever, Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball (Oh yes, that was the full title that I’m sure we all used as kids) and went into the homerun derby mode? There was always that fight of who got Griffey and who got one of the characters with the most awesome names ever, Nick Noheart, Sammy Scrapp, or Can O Corn. Granted the wall in Camden Yards wasn’t ideal for Griffey, it was still better to play as him than some no name sprite with the biggest steroid induced muscles this side of a World’s Strongest Man competition. Seriously Bud, you wonder why kids today consider roids to be a major part of baseball? Speaking of awesome unlicensed names, the article for this game at wikipedia has some really interesting notes about the names for all the players. Example: