Game One According To Ken Griffey Jr. Presents MLB

In celebration of both the World Series and video games, I will be playing at least four and, if, necessary, five, six, or seven games of the World Series on various excellent Major League Baseball video games. We’ll start it out with an old standby: Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball for the Super Nintendo.

Remember kids, illegal emulation is wrong, except when it feels oh, so right.

Now, to the game:

As Player One, I decided to choose the lesser of two evils and pick the Texas Rangers. This means I, as the Rangers, am the home team. That’s not how the real World Series will go. Deal with it

Poor defense in the first inning let down Mix (Kevin Brown) down as the Cardinals get on the board first, with Keaton (Mark Whiten) and Zeppo (Todd Zeile) received “RBIs” to put the Cards up 2-0.

The Rangers managed to force a run home on a successful squeeze bunt single off the bat of Lee (Ivan Rodriguez) in the second, making it 2-1 Cardinals.

The Cardinals threatened in the fourth, putting two on with nobody out, but a 4-3-6 (yes, that’s right) double play saved Mix’s bacon.

The Rangers had a threat of their own in the sixth with two on and one out, but a hit-and-run double play on a line drive off the bat of Earp (Jose Canseco) to first ended the inning. Who’s managing this team, anyway? Tony La Russa?

The Cardinals then extended their lead to 3-1 thanks to a solo home run by Gleason (Ray Lankford) against Mix in the seventh. Mix would finish the seventh and get the first two outs of the eighth before giving way, recording neither a strikeout or a walk. That’s a pretty standard game for Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball. Houston (Cris Carpenter) recorded the final out of the eighth without incident.

The Rangers rallied in the eighth inning, putting Boone (Julio Franco) and Todd (Rafael Palmeiro) on base to bring up the clean up hitter, Varyu (Juan Gonzalez). Varyu cleaned up, socking a home run and giving the Rangers a 4-3 lead, which they would hold on to thanks to a save from Alamo (Tom Henke). Moe (Bob Tewksbury), the Cardinals starter, ended up with the complete game in the losing effort.

So there you have it. The Rangers will win 4-3 tomorrow night on a home run from Juan Gonzalez against Bob Tewksbury. Remember, you heard it here first.

The box score (you actually can’t click to embiggen):

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9 Responses to “Game One According To Ken Griffey Jr. Presents MLB”

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  1. James K. says:

    Awesome. Rough game for David Hulse.

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  2. DD says:

    My God, I love that video game. I’ma bust it out when I get home. Shame the Indians didn’t get in – I would bunt with Kenny Lofton every plate appearance and bat about .600.

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  3. Kyle says:

    This is an excellent idea and use of time.

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  4. Dayn Perry says:


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  5. Erik Hahmann says:

    I hope you’ll also be playing Ken Griffey Jr Baseball for the N64

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  6. reillocity says:

    It’s pretty humorous that the game features MLBers of 1993 and their real-world stats, only with different names (that appear to be themed for each team to some topic: comedy, westerns, presidents?, singers?, serial killers?, etc.). To hell with your outrageous licensing fees, MLBPA!

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  7. Playa says:

    I loved this game back in the day. I actually renamed every damn player in the game to their real name. But I swear there were like 5 or 6 players who had no real-life counterpart. I think one was an Astro and one was a Marlin, but I don’t really remember the rest. I’m pretty sure they were bench players. It drove me nuts considering how much time I put in to it.

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  8. This is wonderful.

    Never noticed as a kid that the players’ names on each team were themed.

    I get that the Rangers are people from the Old West/Western Films, but then who the hell is Varyu?

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    • Bear says:

      Varyu is the last name of one of the game’s developers or programmers. You can see his name when you win the World Series. this was done for a few random guys that don’t fir with their team’s theme.

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