Bullpen Banter Ep. 68: The Finest Episode

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This week on Bullpen Banter Snaggle and I team up to talk about the last big content drop from MLB The Show 17.

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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.

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TSG Show: Ep 100 – TSG’s Non-Sports Game of 2017

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With awards season here, I figured this would be a great time to bring back ThatSportsGamer Show so that we could get a little bit more in depth than a blog post for some of the rewards.

Also, doing some number crunching, and depending on how you count, this is either episode 95, 100, or like 107 of ThatSportsGamer Show. Since it’s a fresh start, let’s just call this our 100th episode!!! My funky math gets us here by having 94 episodes, and 5 “Hit & Run” episodes.

So, without further ado, my selection for Non-Sports Game of the Year for 2017 is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). PUBG is a battle royale game, where 100 players are dropped onto an island, and battle it out to be the last man, or woman, standing.

For this episode I decided to bring on a few folks that I play a lot of PUBG with, SnaggleJ, Hope, and JayOh. We talk about some of our experiences with the game, our tips for new players, and discuss why this game has struck a cord with us.

Special thanks to Chris Beck for our outro music.

Bullpen Banter Ep. 67: Hardware Programs

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This week on Bullpen Banter we’ve got two new Hardware Programs, one for Tim Lincecum, and one for Jimmy Rollins. There is also a new Dustin Pedroia in the Ticket Counter, new packs in the store, and a new Event. I break it all down for you on this episode of Bullpen Banter.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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