On The Field Friday – Liverpool Away Jersey 11/12

As of the time of this writing, the Liverpool FC Away Jersey for 2011-2012 is my most anticipated kit of this upcoming season. This year Liverpool took the stripes from the 10-11 away kit and mixed it with the black of their 10-11 third kit and added silver trim. This blend together is quiet stylish as you can see.

This kit is available right now at Liverpool FC’s online store among others.

MLB Awards Predictions: Update

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I figured I should keep tabs on the people I initially chose to win the top awards in the MLB. So here is a quick update a quarter of the way through the season.

American League
MVP – Mark Teixeira: .253, 13 HR, 32 RBI
CY – Jered Weaver: 6-4, 2.35 ERA, 70 Ks

National League
MVP – Albert Pujols: .261, 8 HR, 26 RBI
Cy – Josh Johnson: 3-1, 1.64 ERA, 56 Ks

Still a while to go, but they are all off to decent starts, Weaver and Johnson are dominant, however Johnson is currently on the DL.

Video Game Podcasts

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Nearly two hours of my day are spent in my car commuting from home to work. If your like me, you quickly notice that no matter how many stations you program, they all play the same 6-10 songs. So how do I keep myself sane? Podcasts.

Here is a little list I made up of the video game related podcasts I listen to:

  • AppJudgement – while not specificly a video game podcast, they do show review man iOS and Android games.
  • The Ben Heck Show – also not necessarily a video game podcast, Ben Heck, the modder who has created a multitude of portable video game consoles, walks you through a bunch of hardware hacks.
  • EA Sports FIFA – Ultimate Team Weekly – listen to this show and be the first on your block to know when the FIFA Ultimate Team Happy Hour is going on. Pro Tip: you can skip to the last 5 min to find out.
  • GamerSushi – the boys from Web Zeroes get together and talk video games. This is one of my favorite podcasts, great conversations from great people.
  • Giant Bombcast – the guys at GiantBomb.com know video games. This show usually runs over 2 hours, in the begining I thought that was really long, now I’m sad when it’s over.
  • Player One Podcast -another bunch of great guys talking video games, but I still get upset that they mock Greg Ford for liking sports games.
  • The Totally Rad Show – movies, TV shows, video games, and more, if you’re not watching TRS, you’re missing out.
  • Weekend Confirmed – Garnett Lee, Jeff Cannata need I say more? Yes? Del Rio makes hilarious songs out of great lines.
  • 4th String – the podcast that started it all for me. Before 4th Sting video game podcasts bored me. They bring their A game every week.
  • 8-4 Play – the newest podcast to my lineup, they talk about Japan and Japanese games. You need to listen to 3/25/2011: AFTER THE QUAKE recorded after the Japanese tsunami and is a great listen.

Hopefully this helps you find something good to listen to.

PS – The TWiT network is currently working on a video game show with Tom Merritt, so that should be pretty awesome when it comes out.

What Can Sony Learn From EA To Make MLB: 12 More Authentic?

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While it may seem like a niggling complaint, one of my pet peeves about Sony’s MLB series is their lack of licensed accessories. Bare with me. Go play to the create a player screen of any EA Sports game and what do you see? Name brand equiptment.

From Adidas to Under Armour, EA has made deals with a good amount of companies to bring an extra bit of added realism to their games. On the other hand Sony has none of these partnerships for their MLB franchise. In my opinion a simulation needs to have real accessories, it might just be me, but it annoys me.

The Greatest Game I’ve Ever Pitched

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April 25th, 2011, a day that will live on in my video game memory banks forever. After a normal Monday of work and my usual 45 minute drive home, I arrived to notice my wife hadn’t arrived yet. So I did what any good husband does and fed our two dogs, Rocky and Maddux (named after Cubs and Braves great Greg Maddux). Once the boys finished eating I had some time to myself so I decided to do what any man would do with some free time, play video games.

I sat myself in the living room, turned on my PS3 and popped on MLB 11: The Show. Playing as my virtual-self in Road To The Show is easily my favorite aspect of Sony’s MLB series. As a starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s Double A team, the Arkansas Travelers, I took my turn in the rotation against the cross state rival, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

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MLB 11: Rosters Gone Wild

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After making it to the major leagues in Road To The Show as a pitcher for the Angels, I noticed that the landscape of the MLB had changed drastically. Strange trades in Sony’s baseball games are not uncommon, for example, I’ll never forget, as a Yankee minor leaguer, in MLB: 09 seeing seeing Joba Chamblerlain being traded to the Cardinals for Jesus Flores.

While that was akward, to say the least, in MLB: 11 it seems like the rosters fly completely out of wack after as short as one season. Now I understand that people get signed and traded normally, but this is getting a little out of hand.

Here are some players with their new teams:

Jake Peavy, Scott Rolen – Athletics
Mark Buehrle – Mariners
Tim Hudson – Cardinals
C.J. Wilson – Rockies
Derek Lowe – Red Sox
Francisco Liriano, Aaron Harang, Jason Marquis, Ryan Ludwick, Michael Cuddyer – Yankees
Carlos Zambrano, Kyle Drabek, Carlos Pena – Indians
Justin Morneau, Jeff Francis, J.J. Putz – Braves
Joe Nathan – Marlins
Derek Lee, Kerry Wood – Mets
Andre Ethier – Astros
Heath Bell – Brewers
Jose Bautista, Alfonso Soriano – Giants
Ike Davis – Orioles
Pablo Sandoval – Blue Jays

The worst trade effecting my team was when the Angels traded Jered Weaver to the Yankess for Rafeal Soriano. Also, since that trade, for some reason now Rafeal Soriano is the Angel’s ace (No wonder we’re in last place in the AL West).

Something needs to be done about this. A lot of the guys listed above are not going to be leaving their current teams for a long while. There needs to be some sort of loyalty rating that will keep superstar players attached to their current team, but leave room for blockbuster trades to still be made.

Hopefully this gets resolved, because this is getting as out of hand as Mike Piazza on the Marlins or Frank Thomas on the Athletics.

* 5/24/2011 – I’m still in my second season and just faced Jayson Werth on the Yankees.

Ranked: Japanese Born MLB Players

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Yesterday my buddy Jeff  of TwentyThreesThoughts brought up the idea of ranking the Japanese born players who have made it to the major leagues.

While we didn’t use the complete list of players because either we didn’t know them or felt they didn’t play long enough to warrant being on the list, we feel like we covered everyone that was worthwhile.