Posted at 9:24 AM on June 24, 2005
by Ben Tesch
Old ballgame has newfangled twist
The first two innings of the July 16th game between the Kansas City T-Bones and the Schaumburg Flyers will be played virtually.
Equipped with Microsoft Xbox game controllers instead of baseball gloves and bats, two video gamers will climb into recliner chairs around home plate at CommunityAmerica Ballpark and slug it out on the park’s 16- by 24-foot video screen.
Their scores from playing two innings of MVP Baseball 2005 on an Xbox will stand when the T-Bones and Flyers take the field to finish the last seven innings of the game.
Mike Stone, commissioner of the minor-league baseball Northern League, said the idea "brings new meaning to the term 'fan involvement.'"
It scares me that this league, which is basically a circus, gets credit for somehow being "real" baseball.
they talked about this on another radio station...starting with a k and rhyming with pan. they seemed in favor of the idea...and thought the saints should be the next in line. as a video game participate it would be a blast. but as a spectator, i would ask for my money back.