I was contacted by the company, OOTP Baseball (Out of the Park Baseball), to play and review their video game OOTP Baseball 16. So over the past week or so I have been testing it out. I was not paid to review it. Shout out to them for the free copy! This game hits it OUT OF THE PARK and is a must have baseball game for any baseball nerd like myself. This game is a complete baseball sim with no actual team game play, which ends up being an interesting change. You have the option to become a team’s GM, manager, or both at once. It truly feels like you are in the role of a GM or manager. If you are a stats freak, it’s most definitely for you. I really enjoyed analyzing the stats, managing my budget, and discussing trades. I hear the Brewers are looking for a GM that’s younger, good lookin, and good with analytics – Call me Mr. Attanasio- 🙂 That’s how I felt when I took over the Brewers during the game. OOTP Baseball 16 is the most detailed baseball experience where you literally feel like you are controlling every aspect of the team. It has every affiliate of every team with accurate rosters down to rookie ball. Don’t wanna play the 2015 season? That’s fine because you can play any season dating all the way back 1871 with accurate rosters. That’s right…1871! How cool is that? I’d like to take my 1982 Brewers and change their World Series outcome and beat those dang Cards!
When you start off you may be absolutely overwhelmed by so many options and screens with countless actions, so MAKE SURE to read the manual. You will spend too much time not knowing what you’re doing and you’ll be missing out. It’s incredibly customizable to fit however you would like to play. This is a truly great game that any die-hard baseball fan should try out.
Their customer support is excellent. If you are having trouble with your game in any way what so ever, you can email them and get an incredibly quick response. OOTP Baseball 16 is an all around fantastic game. It may not be for the average baseball fan, but if you are into the front office side of the game, it is definitely for you.
One of my favorite days of the year came last Sunday, the Brewers fan festival, Brewers On Deck! It’s the same feeling of waking up on Christmas morning as a five year old. That’s how excited I get for this. It’s become a yearly tradition that I share with my dad. This year was my favorite of all!
To help publicize, I made my own business cards! I handed them out to every person I met. I just became official….ohhhh yeaaa. Here’s one:
Like the business cards? Craig Coshun, in the picture below did. He was super friendly and so was former player, now announcer, Jerry Augustine. I did not get a photo with Jerry, but he’s a regular guy, just like what he seems on T.V. The voice of the Badgers, Matt Lepay was a fine gentlemen to meet as well. I also want to give a shout out to Caitlin Moyer and the Social Media stage. Caitlin is the author of Cait Covers The Bases. As busy as she was working the stage, she was extremely nice to me when I introduced myself and what I do. Also, mega shout out to the author of, The Brewer Nation! I met up with him and he gave me some well appreciated blogging advice!
Meeting Brewers announcer, Brian Anderson (below) was a bonus! He was very sincere and genuine. He showed a lot of interest in what I had to say. We talked awhile about my blog, advice, and about my dream to either play, broadcast or write. As soon as I talked about wanting to be a broadcaster, he told me, “You’re off to a great start kid. You have your blog, plus you’ve got the hair already!” It’s all about the hair. 😉
Scooter Gennett is certainly the epitome of the eager, hungry to succeed, grateful to play, genuine baseball player kind of guy!! Holy tobacco in his mouth though! For your own health Scooter, please don’t chew! He was a very humble, fun guy. No wonder why all of Milwaukee loves Scooter. Thanks for the SELFIE! BTW-If you get rid of the chew, I may be able to set you up with my older sister (5 ft. tall and “hot” according to my friends – you didn’t hear that from me).
There’s nothing better than seeing professionals truly listen when I told them about this blog. That’s exactly what Michael Blazek and Shane Peterson did!
Luis Sardinas and Hector Gomez looked like they were having the best of times. They were super funny and goofy. As soon I as i walked up to meet them, Luis said, “Ayyeeeee let me see your hair. Ayyyeeee let me see the line shaved. Nice, fresh bro.” Like I said, it’s all in the hair.
Like last year, I said Mike Fiers was the nicest Brewer to meet. This was absolutely true again this year. Even better, he remembered who I was and what I do. He said something like “Oh yea! I know you. You’re the Bleacher Boy.” You totally made my day Mr. Fiers! Stay the way you are!
Clint Coulter and Matt Clark were stand up men! I love watching the two play and meeting them was fantastic!
O.K. So, this next pic is EPIC!!! The Brewers coaching staff getting a pic with Bleacher Boy was hilarious! They were rattling off one liners left and right. Mr. Narron (man wearing the Pharrel hat) kept asking me if I was going to write an article ripping about him and his hat. Watch our Mr. Narron! 😉 Ed Sedar (bottom left) kept counting down the picture times and had something awesome to say to every camera taking a pic. You couldn’t understand half the stuff he was saying, but man he was funny.
I finally got to meet pitcher, Kyle Lohse! He’s a super cool and chill guy to talk to! I got an autograph for my good friend, Kyle, since Lohse is like his favorite Brewer player! Kyle was psyched!
The most amazing part of the day was meeting the legend himself, Bob Uecker!! To add to it, Mark Attanasio, the owner of the Brewers was there to meet with Bob. The OWNER!!!! I was just as excited and pumped as when my sister got One Direction tickets. I was thinking to myself, “OMG he said my name and Bleacher Boy!!! I can’t believe I’m talking to Uecker himself, the man’s voice I hear every night in the summer is talking to me.” He might actually beat me on the hair thing……
I had a voucher to meet Khris Davis but I saw a tiny kid and his dad go up to get a voucher for him, and they were turned away. The little kid looked like a huge fan of Davis. I saw his lip quiver and the sadness in his eyes. I had to give him mine because I knew exactly what it felt like at the age to meet your favorite player or worse yet, not to meet him. There has been no better moment at any Brewers On Deck then to see this little kid’s eyes light up when he got the chance to meet Davis. I can’t imagine what it is like to see little kids look at you with such adornment. Maybe, I’ll see you next year Khris.
Brewers On Deck was once again a huge hit! I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Thank you to the Brewers for showing your fans a great time on and off the field!! Start the countdown to next year’s Brewers On Deck! In the mean time, spring training is right around the corner……..