MLB 12: The Show

Coolbeans wrote:

In my Road to the Show game, I am playing a 2B in the Yankees organization. I just got called up to AAA when the Yankees traded Jeter for 2 minor leagers. The Dr. Pepper almost came out of my nose! The Yankees trading Jeter?? The moon would fall out of the sky first! There would be rioting in the streets that would make Rodney King look like a day at the beach!

Anyway, I hit a 3-run homer in my third at bat so I got a nice welcome to AAA ball. Now on to the bigs!

Nice. I wish I had a story like that. Right now I'm stuck in AAA and about to get sent down to AA again. I can't hit. That's basically the long and short of it. I can't hit and I can't figure out why. I went 300 in AA with lots of homers, but suddenly AAA pitchers have me flummoxed.

What level are you on, DS? I've played so, so much of this game, and I don't think there's anything even remotely fair about hitting on anything above Veteran difficulty. I leave the hitting there but pitch on All-Star, and it's right on.

Slumberland wrote:

What level are you on, DS? I've played so, so much of this game, and I don't think there's anything even remotely fair about hitting on anything above Veteran difficulty. I leave the hitting there but pitch on All-Star, and it's right on.

I'm actually glad to hear you say that.

Slumberland wrote:

What level are you on, DS? I've played so, so much of this game, and I don't think there's anything even remotely fair about hitting on anything above Veteran difficulty. I leave the hitting there but pitch on All-Star, and it's right on.

I'll check tonight. I don't remember.

My 2012 Mets turned out to be as awful as the real thing.

I'm battling the Nats for first place in 2013 with the help of off-season additions.

CF - Ichiro Suzuki (he wouldn't sign with me so I had to trade for him after he signed elsewhere)
2B - Daniel Murphy
3B - David Wright
C - Joe Mauer
1B - Ike Davis
LF - Jason Bay
RF - Lucas Duda (as awful a fielder in-game as IRL)
SS - Cliff Pennington (who clearly 'roided in the winter and is mashing to start the year)

Rotation - C.J. Wilson, Jake Peavy, Brandon Morrow, Mike Pelfrey, Matt Harvey

Harvey's been real good. It's nice to actually get some time with a prospect coming up to the bigs, as I usually never get far enough in a franchise for that to come into play.

I love it when this game reminds me of why I like The Game.

I hadn't played for awhile, but just started up a new franchise (with a fantasy draft), intending to focus on simming but playing a few games as well. After the first game reminded me how rusty I am, I decided to stick with simming with the occasional managing for this Mets franchise. My 2012 club just narrowly lost the NLCS. In 2013, we were down 3-2 to Colorado, so I decided to manage the next game. I skipped ahead in the rotation to start Yu Darvish.

My lineup was:

RF - Bryce Harper
SS - Jurickson Profar
1B - Albert Pujols
3B - Brett Lawrie
C - Jesus Montero
CF - Colby Rasmus
LF - Ryan Kalish
2B - Gordon Beckham
P - Yu Darvish

I was behind most of the game, Lawrie tied it at 3 with his second solo shot in the 6th, Tyler Flowers hit a first pitch home run in the top of the 7th to take back the lead. Mike Stutes gave up a two run HR to Dustin Pedroia in the top of the ninth, making it 6-3. I was fairly certain I was done, but did remind myself that anything can happen in baseball. Despite my very low hopes, I resisted letting exiting to sim the bottom of the ninth.

Chris Perez came into to close it out for the Rockies.
Kalish flied out.
Beckham singled for his first hit of the game.
I had Starling Marte pinch hit for Stutes, and he drew a walk.
Harper hit a HR for his second hit of the game, tying things up, and I whooped for joy and jumped up off the couch. I couldn't play sitting down any longer.

Livan Hernandez comes to the mound.
I had Starling Marte pinch hit for Stutes, and he drew a walk.
Profar hits a groundball single for his first hit of the game.
Pujols then hits a double to center field. Except he is just barely tagged out at second. I thought this was out number three, and the electronic cigarette that was in my mouth rather dramatically dropped to the floor along with some of my elation.

Then I saw that Lawrie was coming to the plate ... it wasn't over yet!

On the first pitch, Lawrie knocks it out of the park, and I nearly lost it. Other games will draw emotional responses from me, but this typically results in at most a chuckle, maybe a solemn feeling for awhile ... I'm not generally the kind of person that exhibits much in the way of an emotional reaction that others can see. But, somehow this stupidly buggy baseball sort-of-simulator is able to cause me to pump my fist in the air, break out into rather hysterical sounding laughter, and give a big loud '**ck yeah!!'.

I feel like I should be embarassed by this, but somehow I'm not.

In the final game of the NLCS, Tommy Hanson was the Rockies starter, with Shelby Miller starting for me. It felt like we were dominating the whole way. We scored a run in the first inning with no outs, but ended up leaving two guys on base. We had base runners every inning (until the 9th) from there on in, Hanson seemed to be pitching horribly ... but somehow we could never quite bring anyone home. Miller didn't give up a hit until the sixth inning. Tyler Clippard was my closer; I almost decided to put Venters instead, but decided that was silly.

Desmond Jennings was struck out in three pitches.

Travis Ishikawa flew out.

Wilson Betemit singled on a 1-2 fastball.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis was quickly at 0-2, and I jumped up on my feet expecting to have the NL pennant in in my virtual hands shortly. Instead Clippard's letter-high fastball down the middle was hit for a home run, and the bottom of the ninth was the only inning we didn't get a single man on base.

You never know whats going to happen ....

Greetings to the 'prep' for new baseball season and The Show. I have been playing this again to get my small skills up to their usual 'ugh!' levels:) Trying sliders and suggestions from last years post above.

What I totally passed over last year in turning to the back of the small instruction manual and using the code for the 'Online Pass' accessiability. So what does this really do for me? Better connectivity for on-line play? What else that isn't in the game already?

Can't wait for Mar. 5th and new version. I've been scouring Operational Sports daily to gleen any new news.