Draft Day, 1871: OOTP 17 Takes Us Back To What Never Was, But Should Have Been
Introduction: The OTBB guys wanted me to write something about Out Of The Park baseball, a computer baseball simulation game that you can find here. If its rating were a Statcast Stat, OOTP would be whatever the highest Statcast stat there is. So the game is *********^1 awesome and I recommend it to anyone who wants to feel like they should be a GM or just wants to make their own baseball worlds.
Second Note: Realizing how much I could talk about this game, I decided to split this post up into parts. As a Draft Day Special, here is my experience on my own draft day for my historical baseball simulation on January 1st, 1871.
Old-timey piano music plays, but not any old-timey music, way old timey-music plays. Like ‘it might be on the sheet music monks used’ type of old-timey music.
It is a cold day on January 1, 1871. Or possibly it’s night. The game doesn’t give you a time.
And it is an historic generic hour as the general managers of the newfound Major League Baseball are hosting the inaugural MLB draft in…well, somewhere in America I guess. It doesn’t say where. And luckily and amazingly, I am there. Me: the 21-year-old, Lebanon-born general manager of the Boston Red Stockings (Go Stocks), even though Major League Baseball, Lebanon, and I were all formed in the twentieth century.
I get an e-mail. Yes folks, that’s right, I receive an e-mail in 1871. It says, “The Draft is About to Begin.”