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Thursday BP: Baseball video games

Which baseball video games are the best, and which are the worst?

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Hello and happy Thursday. I hope the day treats you well.

This week is “Video Game Week” at SB Nation. And it’s “Get My Readers to Do My Work for Me Week” at Brady Klopfer LLC.

Which is to say that I have a confession: I don’t think I’ve ever played a baseball video game in my life, with two tiny exceptions: That home run game that Google put on their home page for Opening Day last year (or the year before?), and MLB Out Of The Park for about 30 minutes when the season was suspended, before realizing that everyone in the world who wrote about baseball was doing OOTP simulations in lieu of the season.

But while I can’t really talk about baseball video games, you can! So have at it: Dig deep into your closet to find your Atari or SNES, or perhaps blow your next paycheck on a PS5, and tell me what is the best baseball video game ever.

And also the worst.

Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?

Well . . . yeah.

June 18, 1995: Against the St. Louis Cardinals, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 9th inning off of Rene Arocha. It gave the Giants a 6-1 lead, which was the final score. It was his 10th homer of the year.

June 18, 1996: Against the Florida Marlins, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 4th inning off of David Weathers. It gave the giants a 2-1 lead, and they would win 9-8. It was his 20th homer of the year.

June 18, 1999: Against the Chicago Cubs, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 1st inning off of Kevin Tapani, scoring Marvin Benard. It gave the Giants a 2-0 lead, and they would win 8-5. It was his 5th homer of the year.

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Have a great Thursday everybody!