Posted By Jeff Fletcher on May 6, 2010 4:16 pm
Cutting to the chase: I have four copies of the Strat-O-Matic baseball computer game, and I’m giving them away. This contest is going to be very simple. Fill out this form, and on May 14, I’ll pick four people randomly from all the entries I get, and I’ll send them copies of the game.
Now, what the heck is Strat-O-Matic, you ask?
Since 1961, Strat-O-Matic has created the most realistic simulation of statistically accurate baseball. Every player is rated by Strat-O-Matic’s unique rating system with statistical precision in each phase of the game – batting, pitching, defense and running. Strat-O-Matic Baseball is played with the exact same rules as professional baseball.
Each major leaguer has his own Strat-O-Matic Player Card based on his overall stats from the 2009 season. The gamer controls every aspect of each play from determining the starting line-up, stealing, hitting and running to replacing the starting pitcher. Instead of a bat and ball, the gamer uses dice, player cards and charts to play the game.
Gee, that sounds awfully formal. It’s as if some marketing person wrote up those two paragraphs himself. Let me put it to you in my own experience.
I played StratO all the time, from about age 11 to 16. I was quite addicted to it. Me and my friends played hundreds, maybe thousands of games. We’d play whole series and we’d keep stats and everything. You could play by yourself, too. In fact, during the summer of 1986, I holed myself up in my bedroom and replayed the entire 1985 Mariners season. (I managed the Mariners to an 81-81 record, better than their real-life record of 74-88. Take that, Chuck Cottier!)
Yeah, that’s the kind of kid who winds up as a baseball writer.
StratO has come back into my life in the past few years. First, I started helping advise the folks who make the game on the ratings for the Giants and A’s. As an “expert” on those teams, I would give the company some guidance on the defensive ratings, the speed ratings, bunting ability. The sort of stuff that doesn’t show up in the stats.
Then a few weeks ago, the company contacted me about using my blog for a little marketing. They sent me some games, with the 2009 players, and said I could give them away.
I’m giving away the computer version (Windows only), which I had never actually played before today. I cracked one open and plugged it in and played a quick game. I did the Giants vs. the A’s, and I managed the Giants, while the computer did the A’s. It was a good game. It was Brad Penny vs. Brett Anderson (I plugged in a date and the computer picked those starting pitchers. I could have changed them, but I just wanted to play a quick game.) The A’s took a 3-1 lead, but the Giants came back with two runs in the bottom of the eighth on a double by Pablo Sandoval against Andrew Bailey. In the 11th, the A’s loaded the bases with no outs against Bobby Howry, but the Giants got out of the jam with a double play. The Giants won, 4-3, in the 11th when I manufactured a run. Manny Burriss bunted for a hit with one out, stole second and scored on a Randy Winn single. I managed my butt off in the late innings, double switching twice and moving guys around multiple positions. (Velez didn’t enter till the 8th, and he played left, second and right!)
The game is not very high tech graphically. Click here for a full-size screen shot. You won’t be seeing anything that compares to modern baseball video games like The Show or MLB 2K10. It’s not that sort of game. Those are games of dexterity, while this is purely a mental game. You are the manager. Period.
So, if that sort of thing interests you, go ahead and enter, and you may have a free one coming your way.