Bullpen Banter Ep. 66: Postseason Program

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This week on Bullpen Banter, I discuss breakdown the entire Postseason Program and tell you what you need to do at each step and talk about each player you get.

Posts we discussed:

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Bullpen Banter is a weekly show hosted by myself (ThatSportsGamer), Chris (MillsGamingTV), and Kris (SnaggleJ) dedicated to MLB The Show 17. We’ll give you tips, strategies and team breakdowns, to help you be the best MLB player you can be. Watch the show live on Mondays at 9:30pm ET on http://www.Twitch.tv/ThatSportsGamer.

The new Bullpen Banter logo was created by BT Creative.

Bullpen Banter Ep. 65: The Future Is Coming

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This week on Bullpen Banter, I discuss the breaking news that, Yankee’s outfielder, Aaron Judge is the MLB The Show 18 cover athlete and break down the multiple versions of the game, discuss the final roster update, the addition of the 100 pack bundle, and more.

Blog posts we discussed:

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Bullpen Banter is a weekly show hosted by myself (ThatSportsGamer), Chris (MillsGamingTV), and Kris (SnaggleJ) dedicated to MLB The Show 17. We’ll give you tips, strategies and team breakdowns, to help you be the best MLB player you can be. Watch the show live on Mondays at 9:30pm ET on http://www.Twitch.tv/ThatSportsGamer.

The new Bullpen Banter logo was created by BT Creative.

Bullpen Banter Ep. 64: World Series Event

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This week on Bullpen Banter, I discuss the new Josh Donaldson card that entered the Ticket Counter, the new Hardware flashbacks available in Set 12 packs, the World Series Event and more, as well as getting by backside handed to me in the World Series Event.

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Bullpen Banter is a weekly show hosted by myself (ThatSportsGamer), Chris (MillsGamingTV), and Kris (SnaggleJ) dedicated to MLB The Show 17. We’ll give you tips, strategies and team breakdowns, to help you be the best MLB player you can be. Watch the show live on Mondays at 9:30pm ET on http://www.Twitch.tv/ThatSportsGamer.

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The Hobbled Warrior & My Love For Baseball Appear

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It’s no secret that I love baseball. A love that has chocked me up while watching movies, or even made me shed tears of joy when I watched Kevin Millwood complete his no-hitter in my college dorm room in 2003, just months after he left my beloved Braves.

My emotional tie to baseball, and other sports, started with a VHS tape I had as a child, Great Sports Moments of the 80s. In the hour long show, Al Michaels presented a top 10 featuring moments from baseball, football, basketball, boxing, and of course ending with #1, the sporting event that kicked off the 80s, the Miracle on Ice.

I bring all this up because the Los Angeles Dodgers are returning to the World Series this year, the first time since 1988. #8 on Great Sports Moments of the 80s featured that 1988 Dodgers World Series. Specifically what happened in Game 1, where Kirk Gibson, the National Leagues’ MVP, injured in the NLCS, was questionable for the World Series but was on the roster.

With a 1-run lead going into the bottom of the 9th, the Athletics brought in, future Hall of Famer, Dennis Eckersley, the MLB’s regular season saves leader that year. After two quick outs, with the pitcher’s spot in the on-deck circle, the Eck walked Mike Davis, putting the tying run on 1st base. During the Davis’ at bat, Dave Anderson had entered the on-deck circle to seemingly hit for the pitcher’s spot. However, Dodgers’ manager Tommy Lasorda had something else in mind.

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Rather than sending Anderson up to pinch-hit, out of the shadows of the dugout, “the hobbled warrior appeared” as Al Michaels said so eloquently. Gibson limped to the plate, in a moment that still gives me chills nearly 30 years later, to face one of the greatest closers of all time.

After 7 pitches, including a foul ball that showed off Gibson’s injury, as he barely made it half way up the line on, the count was 3-2. This is the moment kids plan for in the backyard with their bat and ball, full count, 2 outs, bottom of the 9th, a home run wins the game. I can type out what happens, but I think it’s better to watch and hear the call by, Dodger’s legend, Vin Scully.

Bullpen Banter Ep. 63: Ranked Season Warehouse

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This week on Bullpen Banter, I’m flying solo to talk about the roster update, which saw Justin Verlander become a Diamond, the new set of Player of the Month cards, and the upcoming new Ranked Season, Warehouse.

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Bullpen Banter is a weekly show hosted by myself (ThatSportsGamer), Chris (MillsGamingTV), and Kris (SnaggleJ) dedicated to MLB The Show 17. We’ll give you tips, strategies and team breakdowns, to help you be the best MLB player you can be. Watch the show live on Mondays at 9:30pm ET on http://www.Twitch.tv/ThatSportsGamer.

The new Bullpen Banter logo was created by BT Creative.

Sponsor My Extra Life Stream

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Do you have a website, product, podcast or YouTube channel you want to promote?

On Saturday, November 4th, starting at 9am ET to Sunday, November 5th at 9am ET, I’ll be participating in my 8th Extra Life charity marathon. Each year thousands of gamers come together to raise money for children’s hospitals across North America. This year I’m looking for sponsors to help get me to my goal of $2,000.

This year I actually have two campaigns going, one in my name for the Children’s Specialized Hospital of New Jersey, and a second, in my son Ryan’s name, for the San Jorge Children’s Foundation in Santurce, Puerto Rico.

There are two ways that you can sponsor my Extra Life stream:

  • Prize Sponsor which sounds exactly as it is, you donate something, a game code, a gift card, etc., that will be given away to someone who donates to my, or my son’s Extra Life campaign. Your link will be featured along side the prize on my Extra Life page and mentioned when I read over the prizes during the stream.
  • Stream Sponsor – In exchange for a $50 donation, you’ll be sponsoring one hour of my stream. During your hour, I’ll have your logo on stream for the duration, as well as messages on the overlay, and in the Twitch chat. Also, on the 15th and 45th minute of your hour, I’ll do a 30-60 second ad read that you provide.

If you’re interested in supporting me as a Prize or Stream Sponsor, please contact me via Twitter DM (@ThatSportsGamer), or send an e-mail to Feedback < at > ThatSportsGamer.com.

Current Stream Sponsor Schedule

Starting Time SponsorSponsor Site
9am:
10am:Press Row Podcast - The best sports video game writers and personalities together on one show, brought to you by Hit The Pass.HitThePass.com
11am:Mike Straw - Veteran journalist and web developer. Whether it be with words or websites, telling stories is what he does.Twitter.com/MikeStrawMedia
12pm:
1pm:PX1Sports - PX1Sports.com
2pm:This Week In MLB The Show - A podcast focusing on all things MLB The Show.ThisWeekInMLBTheShow.com
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4pm:The Waves of Tech - Tired of all the complicated, drawn-out explanations when it comes to technology and how it relates to you? If so, The Waves of Tech is the podcast for you!Twitter.com/TheWavesOfTech
5pm:Dave Lee - CoFounder of International Podcast Day & host of The Waves of Tech podcast.Twitter.com/AODaveLee
6pm: The Breaking Company - where the greatest sports fans on the web go to laugh and celebrate the love of collecting cardboard.TheBreakingCompany.com
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8pm:Nock Co. - Creators of high quality pen cases, paper goods, and pen accessories. NockCo.com
9pm:SnaggleJ - Associate Community Manager of @OOTPBaseball. @Twitch Affiliate. Father/Husband/CreatorTwitch.tv/SnaggleJ
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12am:Jeff Solomon - Manager to the Stars. No he is not Kappa. Twitter.com/JerfSolo
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Bullpen Banter Ep. 62: Future Stars and Postseason Events

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This week on Bullpen Banter, the gang’s all here as we discuss the release of the second set of Future Stars, featuring players like Ian Happ, Jose Berrios and Chance Sisco, the release of a new 99 Griffey for a flawless BR Run, and a slew of Postseason Events on the horizon.

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Bullpen Banter is a weekly show hosted by myself (ThatSportsGamer), Chris (MillsGamingTV), and Kris (SnaggleJ) dedicated to MLB The Show 17. We’ll give you tips, strategies and team breakdowns, to help you be the best MLB player you can be. Watch the show live on Mondays at 9:30pm ET on http://www.Twitch.tv/ThatSportsGamer.

The new Bullpen Banter logo was created by BT Creative.

Bullpen Banter Ep. 61: Postseason Programs

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If somehow you don’t already know, I do a live stream show, Bullpen Banter on Twitch.tv/ThatSportsGamer with MIllsGamingTV and SnaggleJ about one of our favorite games, MLB The Show. We’ve been doing it for over a year now, and people have been asking for an audio version of the show. So, this is our first experiment with how to do that.

For normal podcasts, we usually use Skype and the MP3 Skype Recorder, but the Bullpen Banter show is streamed live, and done using Discord for our audio. There is not currently an easy way to get the audio from those calls, though I do believe they are working on building something in. One option could have been to use the audio from the archives that are posted on YouTube.com/ThatSportsGamer, but those would have game sounds and Twitch notifications baked into it. I wanted something cleaner for you. So, for this test run we are using a Discord bot known called Craig Records and seeing if it will do the job.

This is just a test run, and since I don’t have a feed created for it yet, I figured I’d use the ThatSportsGamer Show feed since, it’s already setup, and, if you’re still subscribed to it, this will be a nice little surprise. In the future, assuming this all works out and we want to continue doing this, I’ll create a new feed for it, since I want to bring back ThatSportsGamer Show at some point.

Please, please, please give use feedback on the quality of this. You can always reach me on Twitter, @ThatSportsGamer, and in our Discord server for Bullpen Banter at ThatSportsGamer.com/BBDiscord.