With the NBA playoffs heading down the toilet, and as we begin the transition to baseball, we asked ourselves a simple question.
Is there anyone from the original Nintendo RBI Baseball video game still playing in the majors? That would mean they would have had at least a decent year or two before the game came out in 1988 in order to be featured in it, and still be actively playing almost 20 years later.
As it turns out, almost unbelievably, the answer is yes. Of the 160 players that appeared in the game, Julio Franco is still playing and Roger Clemens will soon be up with the Yankees.
This is the original TV commercial for RBI baseball that came out in 1988. If you're not too distracted by the Tron-like graphics, you'll hear that the game allows you to "throw heat like Clemens."
Just to put this in perspective, three players from the original game - Kirby Puckett, Jose Uribe and Donnie Moore - are dead. Also, Vince "Firecracker" Coleman is referred to in the commercial, along with some other guy we've never heard of who is told to "swing for the fences." He must have been some player.
And just in case you wanna kill some time, or relive the days of Wally Joyner, here's the game in all its original glory.
UPDATE: We have confirmed that it's "Let Gibson swing for the fences." It's garbled, but it is indeed referring to Kirk Gibson.