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Triple Play 2001

 

Hey it's been a while since my first and only "Going Retro" blog. Now I've come back with my bringing-back-the-back-in-the-day blog in the Sports Gamers group. This time it's on EA Sports' Triple Play 2001, the game shown above with my favorite player, Mike Piazza, hitting on the cover. This came out the year after the Great Homerun Chase between Sammy Sosa (pre-cork era) and Mark McGuire (pre-alleged roid use era).

The first thing I do when I turn on older games is look at the players and ratings, and I always end up going "Wow, he was rated that bad?", "He played there?", and "I forgot about him!". At first I was just going to give you maybe a few of the biggest stars, but I wanted to please all the baseball fans and get a few of the big players then or stars of today from each team in the blog. I'll break it down by the division. You'll see for each team a players name, their age, and then their overall rating on the game in parentheses. If you don't feel like checking them all out, just scroll down past it:

AMERICAN LEAGUE
A.L. EAST

Yankees:

Jorge Posada: 28 (64).....Derek Jeter: 25 (91).....Bernie Williams: 31 (95).....Roger Clemens: 37 (84).....Orlando Hernandez: 34 (86).....Andrew Pettite: 27 (77).....Jason Grimsley-busted for steroids last season: 32, (72).....Mariano Rivera: 30 (90)

Devil (Yes, Devil) Rays:

Fred McGriff: 36 (79).....Greg Vaughn: 34, (88).....Jose Canseco: 35 (78).....Miguel Cairo: 25 (70)

Blue Jays:

Carlos Delgado: 27 (86).....Chris Carpenter: 24 (76).....Roy Halladay: 22 (74).....Vernon Wells: 21 (75).....Kelvim Escobar: 23 (76).....David Wells: 36 (86)

Orioles:

Mike Mussina: 31 (88).....Cal Ripken, Jr.: 39 (68).....Sidney Ponson: 23 (78)

Red Sox:

Jason Varitek: 27 (72).....Trot Nixon: 25 (68).....Tim Wakefield: 33 (77)-his curve was 30, fastball at 25, and knuckle at 90.....Nomar Garciaparra: 26 (94).....Pedro Martinez: 28 (100).....Derek Lowe: 26 (86)

A.L. CENTRAL

White Sox:

Frank Thomas: 31 (73).....Keith Foulke: 27 (90).....Ray Durham: 28 (76).....Paul Konerko: 23 (76).....Carlos Lee: 23 (74)

Indians: I think this is the team with the most future talent on it.

Richie Sexson: 25 (82).....Roberto Alomar: 32 (92).....David Justice: 33 (74).....Manny Ramirez: 27 (93).....Jim Thome: 29 (81).....Kenny Lofton: 32 (72).....Bartolo Colon: 24 (85)

Tigers:

Juan Encarnacion: 23 (76).....Juan Gonzalez: 30 (92).....Jeff Weaver: 23 (76)

Royals:

Carlos Beltran: 22 (86).....Johnny Damon: 26 (80).....Jermaine Dye: 26 (84).....Jeremy Giambi: 25 (57)

Twins:

David Oritz: 24 (53).....Torri Hunter: 24 (64).....LaTroy Hawkins: 27 (74).....Eric Miltion: 24 (79)

A.L. WEST

Angels:

Mo Vaughn: 32 (82).....Troy Glaus: 23 (74).....Jim Edmonds: 29 (59).....Garret Anderson: 27 (77)

Athletics:

Jason Giambi: 29 (85).....Eric Chavez: 22 (65).....Miguel Tejada: 23 (76).....Tim Hudson: 24 (83).....Jason Isringhausen: 27 (73)

Mariners:

Jason Olerud: 31 (75).....Edgar Martinez: 37 (83).....Alex Rodriguez: 24 (91).....Ken Griffey, Jr.: 30 (98)

Rangers:

Ivan Rodriguez: 28 (96).....Rafael Palmeiro: 35 (100).....Esteban Loaiza: 28 (75)

NATIONAL LEAGUE

N.L. WEST

Diamondbacks:

Luis Gonzalez: 32 (91).....Tony Womack: 30 (78).....Steve Finley: 34 (82).....Randy Johnson, with the mullet that was cool back then: 36 (100)

Rockies:

Todd Helton: 26 (93).....Pedro Astacio: 30 (91).....Larry Walker: 33 (100)

Dodgers:

Paul LoDuca: 27 (55).....Adrian Beltre: 21 (74).....Shawn Green: 27 (93).....Eric Gagne: 24 (66).....Craig Counsell: 29 (56).....Gary Sheffield: 31 (84).....Kevin Brown: 34 (100)

Padres:

Ryan Klesko: 28 (72).....Trevor Hoffman: 32 (96).....Brett Boone: 30 (74).....Tony Gwynn: 39 (74)

Giants:

Jeff Kent: 31 (79).....Barry Bonds, not even at 500 HR: 35 (78).....Joe Nathan: 25 (73)

N.L. CENTRAL

Cubs:

Joe Girardi: 35 (59).....Jon Lieber: 29 (87).....Sammy Sosa: 31 (100).....Kerry Wood: 22 (57)

Reds:

Sean Casey: 25 (82).....Barry Larkin: 35 (78).....Mike Cameron: 27 (79).....Aaron Boone: 26 (74)

Astros:

Jeff Bagwell: 31 (93).....Ken Caminiti: 36 (65).....Lance Berkman: 24 (55).....Craig Biggio: 34 (77).....Moises Alou: 33 (83).....Dwight Gooden: 35 (70).....Billy Wagner: 28 (96)

Brewers: Geoff Jenkins: 25 (78).....Jeremy Burnitz: 30 (79).....Marquis Grissom: 32 (77)

Pirates:

Jason Kendall: 25 (69).....Marcus Giles: 29 (88).....Aramis Ramirez: 21 (58)

Cardinals:

Mark McGwire: 36 (97).....Rick Ankiel, as a pitcher: 20 (66).....Edgar Renteria: 24 (76)

N.L. EAST

Marlins:

Derek Lee: 24 (57).....Cliff Floyd: 27 (65).....Mike Lowell: 26 (62).....Antonio Alfonseca: 27 (76)

Expos (now the Nationals):

Vladimir Guerrero: 24 (94).....Javier Vazquez: 23 (77).....Carl Pavano: 24 (73)

Mets:

Mike Piazza: 31 (88).....Ricky Henderson: 41 (76).....Al Leiter: 34 (79).....Edgardo Alfonzo: 26 (86).....Robin Ventura: 32 (84).....Armando Benitez: 27 (89)

Phillies:

Doug Glanville: 29 (83).....Curt Schilling: 33 (84).....Scott Rolen: 24 (75).....Bobby Abreu: 25 (85)

Braves:

Javy Lopez: 29 (64).....Andruw Jones: 22 (79).....Greg Maddux: 33 (87).....John Smoltz: 32 (84).....Andres Galarraga: 38 (81).....Chipper Jones: 27 (93).....Tom Glavine: 33 (79)

 

Okay...now I have sore fingers from all of that typing...if you're still with me, I'm almost done. Well anyway, the game started off with a cool intro video. The first part had virtual players that looked like they came from a PS4-exactly, a PS4 didn't even come out yet. I don't get why the graphics are so good on the video but not in the game.

So they had some "Big League Challenge", and I try it out. I go to "Extreme". Apparently it's a home run faceoff between two players; extreme mode is target-hitting. I choose my stadium as a living room. You're miniature players playing in a living room, with the walls made out of playing cards. I'm Mark McGuire and I'm hitting pictures, fire places, milk, tv's...everything. And the announcers say something corny like "care for a glass of milk?" when you hit the targets. I'm just destroying Ken Griffey, Jr. Good thing I made it 3 rounds with 3 outs.

In the final round I can't miss, so I just bunt to end the game. Mr. Announcer is there being (trying to be) funny: "This isn't the Bunt Derby" or something like that. Okay, now let's play a real game. Mets vs. Yankees. I made a bad mistake by selecting Pro Difficulty (2nd out of 3 difficulty levels). The Mets have better ratings overall over the Yankees, but the CPU isn't playing like this is the first time it's playing in years.

The 1st inning starts and I forget to turn on analog control, meaning my fielder didn't move when there was a ground ball. They go up 2-0 after their 3 outs. In the 2nd inning I go up 4-2 with home runs from Robin Ventura, Derek Bell, Darryl Hamilton, and Rey Ordonez.

The Yankees take the lead back and it's back and forth until the 6th. Now I'm really struggling, and they have an 8-run inning, going up 14-8. In the 7th they stretch it to 17-8. In the 8th one more run. As the bottom of the 8th started the announcer asked the other one something like "So what do you want to eat later on tonight?"; he was bored and I was getting blown out. I decided to end his boredom and quit, losing 18-8.

 

I know that was long, but how did I do?

 

***Also, my next Going Retro will be either NASCAR, NHL, NCAAM, NCAAF, or NFL. Help me decide below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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