Thursday, August 23, 2007

Life Imitates Art--er, Gaming

And this ties into boardgaming how?

For those of us involved in the Strat-o-Matic league, there was an amusing little baseball game played last night in which the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 30-3. Yep, Texas scored thirty runs. I just had to post some observations because it reminded me so much of some of our Strat-o-Matic games...except it REALLY HAPPENED.

The Rangers were actually losing at one point 3-0.

The Rangers had more innings in which they did not score than innings in which they did score.

This is the most runs scored by one team in a game in over a century.

Two Rangers had 7 RBIs each. They were the 8th and 9th hitters (usually the worst hitters in the entire lineup).

This was actually the first game of a doubleheader! They had to get back on the field and immediately play another game. (Hey, that's just like our league!)

The Rangers set a team record for runs scored in a doubleheader...before they even started the second game.

In their previous two games, the Rangers had scored a grand total of--count 'em-- two runs.

A Ranger pitcher actually got a save in this game. A save. In a 27-run beatdown. There's just something so very wrong about that.

And perhaps the most staggering fact of all: 30 runs were scored by one team...and it wasn't the Yankees.


At 8:28 PM, August 23, 2007, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

Heh, Strat was the first thing I thought of, too.

Apparently if you pitch three innings in relief, you can earn a save, regardless of score. I wouldn't have learned that rule if not for this game.

My favorite part about the game was that once things started looking bad, the Orioles, knowing that they had a second game to play that night, limited themselves to using only four pitchers. Each got 6 earned runs or more, but were left in their to suck it up and get out of their own jams. A couple had their *season* ERA's balloon by two runs or more.

At 9:34 PM, August 23, 2007, Blogger Michael said...

obvious joke first: Thank god the Ravens kicked the field goal to save some sort of face.

Hey, I recognize the "suck it up" strategy. The old punish them for sucking. I've used that strategy myself this year.

So by the way, I wanted to mention something to all the newfound baseball buffs here. There is a pretty decent computer game "Baseball Mogul". The basic idea is you are the GM of a team (although in the latest incarnations you can be GM and Manager) and you try to guide your team through the ages. It has historical options where you can start with a team in the mid 1940s and progress with real rookies incoming up through the modern ages but with unrealistic amateur draft and free agency throughout history.

Anyway, to be honest, I used to be a huge fan of the BBM franchise. I bought it religiously every year until this year. This year I was so disappointed with the inclusion of bells and whistles at the expense of lack of old big fixes that I didn't bother.

On the bright side it is relatively cheap, is available for instant download on the website and if you are willing to look past some of the bugs is actually pretty fun. Still, because of the increasing bug problem, my favorite implementations are from years gone past which are regretfully not available for purchase anymore.

It is not Civ IV by any stretch of the imagination though. To make it abundantly clear, that is a bad thing.

Anyway just tossing that out there for those looking for a computerized strato-ish fix.


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