About a week ago, the Independent Northern League decided that as a promotion, one of the league’s games would be played by two video game players on an X-Box to determine the first two innings of the game. The Kansas City T-Bones and Schamburg Flyers would face the first two innings of the July 16 game on the park’s 16 by 24-foot video screen. Original news here.
Well, the league decided that this was dumb, and no kidding. I’m surprised this was even offered as an idea for a real game to be played in some part on a video game console.
Although, baseball and other sports have lost popularity in favor of video game consoles like the X-Box, PS2, Gamecube and Gameboy, it doesn’t do professional sports any favors to highlight the video games’ popularity as a REAL substitute.
“The idea originally came from the 6-year-old niece of Bryan Williams, director of community relations for the T-Bones.” I can’t knock off a little girl’s imagination, but this is stupid.
The promotion instead changes to having the 9th inning replayed after the real game has finished. It’s something, but who’s going to watch two kids play video game baseball when the men have already finished played professional baseball?